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What Do You Hold Dear?

Gestation is important to each of us, for we are repeatedly granted the process of developing new life and birthing it into the world. May each of you rebirth yourselves and may each of you ponder what it is that you hold dear. You are dear to me. – Jinx Davis

How to Reframe Your Problems

Photography by Joshua Rawson-Harris There are problems and then there are problems. The big ones are fierce, ugly, life-threatening, and gut-wrenching. The rest are created (and nurtured) in our heads. I know this personally. I have sat in the belly of the whale for years not working on skills I wanted to learn, books I wanted to write, damaging relationships that needed to end, ways to become financially independent, and dreams that yearned for attention. Ironically, I was successful at the really big problems that endangered my physical and mental survival and I was good at solving other people’s problems. Yet I found dozens of reasons not to accomplish many things I held dear: I was unworthy, I was too old, I was a fake, …

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Taking First Steps

Taking First Steps Photography by Yang Miao My year-old grandson took his first solo steps this week. My son sent me the video. The child is standing and leaning on the couch next to his mother’s legs. The father is standing by a door and calls, “Come here, Buddy. Come here”. The toddler laughs, turns, and suddenly starts walking towards his father. He makes 6 or 7 steps before he falls and is scooped up by a beaming Dad. Children don’t plan to start walking. Plans are great but they won’t get us walking. We learn by starting. We take that first step. Across the decades of my life, I have been many things: a one-room school teacher; a pineapple picker; an actress, a children’s …

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