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What My Parents Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan taught me about the power of daily rituals

5 Mar 2020

In her first book, For Small Creatures Such as We, author Sasha Sagan explores the significance of ritual in an unpredictable universe.

My husband Jon and I have several small daily rituals. Every morning, he wakes up first, makes coffee, and brings me a cup in bed. Then I thank him and tell him how wonderful I think he is. This small act of romance sets the tone for our day and, in turn, our life together. Later, when he leaves his office, he texts me, “On the way!!!” This still gives me a little thrill. Like the feeling of knowing you’re going to see your crush. And this too is a little ritual. In a sense, everything we do a particular way that holds meaning for us is a ritual. Especially when there are other ways it could be done. He could just come home without sending a text, but by letting me know he’s coming I get to enjoy that giddy sense of anticipation.


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