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Lean into the world rather than shying away from it: Thankful Thursday #10

August 5, 2010

A year ago today, my life changed. It was the end of a full week of challenges, of growth, and of breaking down borders, but it wasn’t until I sat down to write a letter that I realized that my life – the way I was living it and the direction it was going – was different than it had been seven days ago.

Here’s to the people who challenged me to be the best person that I can be – who didn’t let me off the hook, or who made me even more sure of what I believe. (And here’s to their warmth, their energy, their laughter, their strength, and their kindness.) Here’s to the border wall, for reminding me that there are always two sides to an issue, and for challenging me to be able to see the other side, no matter how difficult it is to understand. Here’s to friends who are supportive and positive and who make you think. Here’s to patience, to being open to new experiences, to compassion, to dreaming. Here’s to pushing yourself, to courage, and to speaking up, especially when you’re scared. Here’s to hope. Here’s to doing everything we can to create a better world.

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