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The Challenge to Be and Not to Do by Carrie Foster

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CHAPTER 8

What You Are and What You Are Not

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.

—Alice Walker

If you’re rich, it is obvious that you are not poor; if you are happy, you are not sad; if you are patient, you are not impatient. You don’t need to read a book to understand the obvious. My biggest what I am not is that I am not patient; I am impatient, so far, so obvious. I have always struggled with the fact that I am not patient and have tried to learn patience. But, even when I am trying to be patient, I am like a kid trying to sit still—I end up wiggling around. I end up saying things like “I know I should be more patient about this but . . .”. Being impatient is really annoying. Why can’t I just wait ...

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