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this is a pile of laundry

remember the value of

work, mistakes, growth, mud, sweat, wrinkles, stains, carelessness,

accidents, time, getting dirty because you participated in life.

separate the darks, the brights, and the whites

remember the benefits of critical thinking, sorting, analyzing, categorizing, reading labels.

turn the dial to the right setting for this load

turn the dial to the right setting for every load,

listen quietly for what is called for in each moment,

avoid self-recrimination and pointless blaming,

invoke realizations, gentle awakenings,

realignments without judgment.

pull the dial to start the flow of water

remember: it's not going to fall into your lap.

you have to pull that dial, or press that button or whatever.

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I had to hear it for myself. So I youtubed “Donald Trump hot mic” and pressed play. My reaction was both shocking and sobering. I thought, “He’s bragging, probably exaggerating. It’s not that big a deal. Everybody take a breath. This is just…normal.” I rolled my eyes at the media.

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My Facebook post, a couple days ago: “Sometimes, I just get really tired of trying to be good.” No cute photo. Nothing.

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Almost all of us have been through periods of sleeplessness. Many of us have lived with nocturnal restlessness for so long that we think it’s normal. Some suffer from really debilitating insomnia. There are many causes for sleeplessness—everything from poor eating habits to PTSD. It’s important to state up front that if this condition is extreme for you, see your local doctor, shaman, therapist, or combination of same. Get to the bottom of it, if you can. It's no joke.

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Are you anything like me?: A mistake gets made. You got drunk and said things you really wished you hadn't. Or you summoned all your courage and spoke something out loud and it totally blew up in your face. Or it's the Terrible Thing From Your Past. You just keep thinking about it, even though the moment is long gone and nobody even cares anymore. Running, running on an endless gerbil wheel of self-loathing.

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