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22 07, 2018

Beyond Greatness

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A memory of my five year old self exists, sitting in my mother’s giant eggshell yellow Pontiac station wagon on the way home one day from kindergarten. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” my mother asked. I responded innocently (if not a wee bit precociously), “I want to be Great!” Great,

21 09, 2015

It Takes Two

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A few years ago after receiving a new liver via transplant, the doctors said to 'give it time' when I asked how long it would take to recover. At first, I had plenty of time; I spent two months in the hospital recovering from one complication after the other, and despite the lost hours watching

1 11, 2013

The bouquet of life

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Five weeks. Five weeks! I never planned on a stay in the hospital this long. This wasn't how my transplant recovery was supposed to go. These are the workings of the mind and the origin of my tears throughout the night and into the morning. It was a rough one. You see, objectively speaking, I'm

26 09, 2013

Show time.

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When I got the call from the transplant team four months ago, going through the motions of getting prepared for the hospital and prepped for surgery felt dramatic; real, important and life changing. When the operation didn't go through I was frustrated, but expected I would get another call soon. Afterall, the first call came

31 12, 2012

Gratitude

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At any moment, life can bend and twist and turn and change in a multitude of directions. So often when we are busy, preoccupied with routine activities we tend to overlook its fragility and mystery, taking our bodies, intelligent brains and divine potential for granted. It is New Year's Eve. Many people have shifted their

24 12, 2011

Gratitude and the gunas

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One of the most challenging aspects of true gratitude is accepting all things in life as precious; without judgement, without control. It's so easy to fall into the habit of perceiving things in our life as good and bad, extending appreciation only to those things we deem as beneficial to our small, ego-driven selves. When