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    I continue to be impressed by ALL of you. It is truly incredible what this group carries.

    Post what you wrote here- OR send it to me and I will post it for you anonymously.

    Here are the poems Mindy shared:

    “When things aren’t adding up, start subtracting.” – anonymous

    The Journey by Mary Oliver
    One day you finally knew
    What you had to do, and began, Though the voices around you Kept shouting
    Their bad advice‚
    Though the whole house
    Began to tremble
    And you felt the old tug
    At your ankles.
    “Mend my life!”
    Each voice cried.
    But you didn’t stop.
    You knew what you had to do, Though the wind pried
    With its stiff fingers
    At the very foundations‚ Though their melancholy
    Was terrible.
    It was already late
    Enough, and a wild night,
    And the road full of fallen Branches and stones.
    But little by little,
    As you left their voices behind, The stars began to burn Through the sheets of clouds, And there was a new voice, Which you slowly
    Recognized as your own,
    That kept you company
    As you strode deeper and deeper Into the world,
    Determined to do
    The only thing you could do‚ Determined to save
    The only life you could save.

    Always we hope someone else has the answer, some other place will be better, some other time it will all turn out. This is it; no one else has the answer, no other place will be better, and it has already turned out. At the center of your being, you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. There is no need to run outside for better seeing. Nor to peer from a window. Rather abide at the center of your being; for the more you leave it, the less you learn. Search your heart and see the way to do is to be.
    -Lao Tzu

    How to Triumph Like a Girl by Ada Limon
    I like the lady horses best,
    how they make it all look easy,
    like running 40 miles per hour
    is as fun as taking a nap, or grass.
    I like their lady horse swagger,
    after winning. Ears up, girls, ears up!
    But mainly, let’s be honest, I like
    that they’re ladies. As if this big
    dangerous animal is also a part of me,
    that somewhere inside the delicate
    skin of my body, there pumps
    an 8-pound female horse heart,
    giant with power, heavy with blood.
    Don’t you want to believe it?
    Don’t you want to lift my shirt and see
    the huge beating genius machine
    that thinks, no, it knows,
    it’s going to come in first.

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