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We have a thousand different ways to distract ourselves from our lives. Our education, ideally, should get us to learn to recognize who we are and what we want this life to be.

We want joy. We settle for distraction. To examine conflict in the narratives of other lives--whether fact or fiction--informs us, even in small ways, of our own lives. To examine the constructs of these narratives allows us the opportunity to learn about who we are. That's why journaling is important. It's to construct meaning. The pen captures the thoughts closest to the surface and lays them out in a cohesive pattern. If we learn to trust ourselves as we write, we learn to look for what matters to us.

"In an afterword to his play 'Angels in America,' Tony Kushner once wrote, 'Marx was right: The smallest divisible human unit is two people, not one; one is a fiction. From such nets of soul societies, the social world, human life springs.'" --Anna Quindlen, Newsweek, 01/06/03.

We are defined in our relationships with others. And that definition is clearest seen when there is conflict.

Love to you all.


The Ninth Circle

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