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1. What do you most want to be remembered for?
Sincerity, generosity and honesty.
2. What quotation best fits your outlook on life?
Indigo Girls: "A lesson learned, a loving God, and things in their own time, In nothing more do I trust."
3. What single achievement are you most proud of in the past year?
Maintaining a relationship with a medical student who literally lived someplace different every month. Seeing her graduate with honors, knowing she couldn't have done it without me.
4. What about the past ten years?
Graduating from college and standing up to The Man (a.k.a. a former coworker I not-so-affectionately call Mr. Grope 'N Feel) are the first two that come to mind.
5. If you were asked to give a child a single piece of advice to guide them through life, what would you say?
I guess I'd offer the same advice that my mom always gave me growing up: "The only actions and attitudes you can control are your own." Too often, I give others power over me, emotionally speaking. Like, conflicts on posting boards affect me deeply. Last week, I got an email from an Internet friend that literally made me cry and ruined my entire day. Why? Who is she to me? I respect and like her, but why should her non-gentle comments make me run to the bathroom at work in tears? Of course, when I reread the upsetting email the next day, I saw that it was not nearly as harsh as I had first interpreted it to be. But that kind of reaction is kind of a victim's mindset. And I cannot stand that kind of attitude.
Less pathetically, I'm responsible for only me. If I take that responsibility seriously and not treat the feelings of others carelessly, I've done my part.
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