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Be present

It's been a very hard week. I've worked hard to draw on all the advice I've given others (and myself) over the last nearly 10 years of writing this weekly letter.

Be present. Breathe. Breathe again. You do not know what will happen. Life is hard sometimes, and then it's easier. Cycles -- life is always in cycles; they come, and they go.

Here is a quote that my father introduced me to many years ago in the early 1980s when he was diagnosed with lymphoma which took his life in less than two years. He was a man of great faith and great passion. He wrote this out and scotch-taped it to his bathroom mirror where he'd see it every morning. I have relied on it many times since, I have paid it forward to many who have needed to hear it and -- this past week -- I have found it to be a source of great comfort. I offer it to you now.

Victor Hugo wrote:

Have courage for the great sorrows in life, and patience for the small ones.

And when you have laboriously completed your daily task,

Go to sleep in peace.

God is awake.

May this short passage bring you the comfort and peace it has brought me in the past week.

Peace and love to you.


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