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New Essay at Medium: Surviving Chaos

I have a new essay at Medium called "Savoring Chaos." Thanks to Sandra Bullock, for her inspirational quote about the sometimes heartbreaking nature of life. It's stuck with me through the incredibly thin times of the last year or so.

Look at it this way: Not accepting what has happened will not change what has happened, and even if you plan ahead and buy a spare set of contacts, your house might burn down because your neighbor left a candle burning and everything you once owned is gone, contacts included. You must accept that it is all (mostly) out of your control, and it might not ever make sense. That you have emerged from Chaos, and she reserves the right to pull you back into the abyss at any time.

To read more, go here.