Seeds of Hope, Seeds of Healing
"Do you even know how to grow a garden anyway? Do you even know how to grow a garden anyway?" The words echoed in my mind, sweeping over me again and again like ice-cold ocean waves. I moaned, but couldn't escape the taunting echo that grew louder each time instead of softer. Then the sound of gunshots ricocheted across my memory and I woke.
Lessons in the Art of Friendship
The art of friendship is truly an art - something beautiful that we don't see every day. Something that takes real attentiveness and patience, and is a skill that grows over time. Some of the best lessons I have learned in the art of friendship came from my hobby of creating foil artwork from leftover candy wrappers.
The Joy in the Process
Life can race by too fast sometimes. There's always the rush to finish the next task, accomplish the next goal, or succeed in the next endeavor. I have found that my motivation can only carry me so far before it drops, and the next looming task turns into a predator to my anxiety-prone mind, instead of an exciting challenge to overcome.
The Cicada Killer's Story
I wonder what it feels like to be a cicada killer.... Lions are feared, yet we love and respect them. Mama bears are admired even though we are afraid of them and (hopefully) stay far away if we meet one while hiking in the woods. But the female cicada killer, perhaps the most awe-inspiring huntress on the planet, is also perhaps the most hated, misunderstood, and feared. She has a story, she has a valuable and essential role to play especially in this cicada-infested year, and she deserves a little more honor and respect.