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By Mary Gruben

A sparrow was lying in the street with its legs straight up in the air, sweating a little under its feathery arms. A warhorse walks up to the bird and asks, “What on earth are you doing?” The sparrow replies, “I heard the sky was falling, and I wanted to help.” The horse laughs a big, loud, sneering horse laugh, and says, “Do you really think you’re going to hold back the sky, with those scrawny little legs?” And the sparrow says, “One does what one can.” (Stitches author Anne Lamott)

We all know something is wrong, but we can’t agree on what it is or how to fix it. I believe I have the answer, but you believe you also have the answer. Opinions can turn quickly into bullets and bombs. We are falling apart, we don’t trust each other, loneliness is epidemic, the suicide rate continues to climb, and angry voices dash our hopes against the rocks. I spend too much time worrying about things I have no control of, which keeps me from doing the things right in front of me that I have control of. And I wonder why my anxiety rises like yeast in bread dough.

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