How Do You Get Over Feelings of Inadequacy?

By Mallory M “Your throat feels enlarged. I think you should see your doctor.” These words from my dentist were concerning. Later, when I visited my doctor he told me he could indeed feel some nodules in my neck and recommended that I have a biopsy. These words would change my life. The next week I went in for the biopsy and the week after that we got the results. The doctor told me I had Papillary Thyroid Cancer. It is said that we are our worst critics. This is certainly true in my case....
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Enduring Trials When They Seem Beyond our Capacity

By Cynthia A There’s a common truism doled out whenever someone is going through a difficult time: “God never gives us more than we can handle.” I have in fact told it to myself, in times past, as a form of comfort. But recently, I’ve come to question the truth of the idea, or rather, to seek out a more nuanced interpretation of what trials mean in our lives. This is partly because people occasionally tell me I must be an extraordinary person whenever I’m going through something particularly ...
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How May We Face Aging with Peace?

By Connie S. At age 68 I have given some thought to the process of aging, and have determined that what is most daunting in it for me is the fear of becoming powerless. After all, one of the attempts of my husband and me, to counter the impression that we are becoming frail victims was to install a new doorbell. When pushed, it responds with a deep growl followed by several seconds of loud barking. Those who are unaware that my husband’s feet and my knees will not allow us to walk a dog will ass...
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What Can I Learn from Failure?

By Brayden B. “Man...You have got to get out of here now and don’t come back until you know this tune. Come back next week with the tune learned or I will fail you so fast it’ll make your head spin.” How well I remember these words from my music professor. I was in college studying jazz guitar. I had a professor who was known for being very demanding of his students. He was a great master of jazz, a graduate of Julliard. Filled with excitement and fear of whether I would measure up to what...
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