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Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

On the plane to Hawaii, I sat next to a man wearing a knit skullcap, sweatsuit, sneakers, and dark glasses. As I do whenever someone sits next to me, I said hello. But then I immediately thought, “He must be one of those hip-hoppers.” And because of my innate belief...

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Do the Next Right Thing

Do the Next Right Thing

It’s an esteemable act to do the right thing at the moment. Have you ever done something you later regretted, but then found it was too late to make it right? Have you ever wished you had just one more chance to make an amend for harm done? One more opportunity to...

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Let Go of Victimhood

Let Go of Victimhood

Self-esteem comes from letting go of victimhood. The unabridged version of the Random House Dictionary of the English Language defines a victim as “a person who suffers from a destructive or injurious action or agency . . . a person who is deceived or cheated . . . a...

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Treasure Your Friends

Treasure Your Friends

It’s an esteemable act to treasure your friends. Our connection was immediate on our first day at law school. We now have a soulful bond that has spanned almost twenty years. Who would have thought the two of us, from such different worlds, eleven years apart in age,...

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Tell Your Story

Tell Your Story

Self-esteem comes from having the courage to tell your story. Everyone has a story. Regardless of what our lives look like today, we have a history. For many of us, recalling certain times in our lives is painful. We’d rather forget our history. We’d rather put a lid...

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Good Health is a Privilege

Good Health is a Privilege

Good health is not a right, it’s a privilege. As a teenager, I was convinced that my body was indestructible, like those of the television characters I idolized: Batgirl and Wonder Woman. I lived on a diet of hamburgers, french fries, macaroni and cheese, soda,...

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