The Lens of Past Pain

The past is important for the lessons it teaches us, but, when we look at the present through the past’s lens alone, we rob ourselves of the opportunity to experience the future in a new way. It is easy to look at what is happening to us and around us as a new iteration of…

Be A Mirror of Compassion

Others may treat us poorly and it may not be their fault. We never truly know what is going on behind the scenes with another person. We don’t know what their life is like at home, at work, or even inside themselves. There are forces at play in each of our lives that shape our…

Courage Requires Risk

Courage means showing up, even if it breaks your heart. They are often the things we avoid most fervidly that we need more than anything to do. These are the experiences that cause us the most fear, the experiences that we know will cause us pain and heartache. They are also the things that, if…

Survival is Underrated

“There’s a lot to be said for surviving.” —Anonymous In my early 20’s, I was going through a rough patch. I had moved to a new town to start a new life. A high school dropout with no goals or aspirations, I was awkward, antisocial, and broke. In spite of my better judgement, I got…