One of the books I’ve been introduced to in this program is Lincoln’s Melancholy by Joshua Wolf Shenk. 

I found myself not thinking only of the dauntingness of potential, but instead found myself thinking of the victories. I may not some day free an enslaved population,  but people have told me already that I’ve helped them. It may be carrying bags to a car, but it’s something to someone. 

Being that someone for others has to be enough for the times I don’t feel I can be that someone for myself. 


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