Personal Growth

What Pain Will Do

Pain will make you unable to think.Unable to create.It will slow your momentum.Make you feel frail.Make everything, from getting out of bed to tying your shoes, harder.Shrink your world to a tiny fraction of what it was.It will exhaust you.It will make it harder to fall asleep.And harder to stay asleep.Make you more dependent on[..]

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Looking Back On A Life-Changing Year

One year ago, I wrote this: “I don’t know about you, but I’ve not experienced a global pandemic in my lifetime. Initially, I felt levels of anxiety far beyond anything I’ve ever felt before. Everything about life felt like it was changing. Rapidly. And without my consent. ⁠​​⁠​​But shortly thereafter, I shifted into thinking about[..]

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Ticking Time

a forest of aspen trees with their white bark rising up from a field of tan colored dried out tall grass

You don’t need a time keeper in Nature. The sky, the trees, the bugs, the animals, they keep the time. All you need to do is look to them. Have the bucks dropped down below 10,000 feet? Must be nearly October. Have the grasses and plants gone brittle? It’s September. Does the moose have a[..]

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Collecting Lessons

kate hiking up a rocky mountain with a bright blue sky in the background and a green valley down below

I sat crouched behind a bush, waiting, hoping I was in the right spot. I looked down and saw at my feet a plantain (the plant, not the fruit). It had been chewed all the way down to the center. I smiled imagining the deer that had stood right here having that snack. Everything eats[..]

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