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It is never too late to turn on the light. Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn't depend on how long it has been running; a shift in perspective doesn't depend on how long you've held onto the old view. When you flip the switch in that attic, it doesn't matter whether it’s been dark for ten minutes, ten years or ten decades. The light still illuminates the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see the things you couldn't see before. It’s never too late to take a moment to look. - Sharon Salzberg Your habits are your addictions. I know, addiction is a strong word. When we hear it we immediately think of drugs and alcohol. We're not addicts because we're sober, right? Wrong. We're all addicted to something. It may...

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Sonder: The realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own. Opia: The ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable. Monachopsis: The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place. Énouement: The bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self. Vellichor: The strange wistfulness of used bookshops. Rubatosis: The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat. Kenopsia: The eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that is usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet. Mauerbauertraurigkeit: The inexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends who you really like....

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Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist responsible for leading a women's peace movement, Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Her efforts to end the war, along with her collaborator Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, helped usher in a period of peace and enabled a free election in 2005 that Sirleaf won. She, along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman, were awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work." Born in central Liberia, at the age of 17, she was living with her parents and two of her three sisters in Monrovia, when the First Liberian Civil War erupted in 1989, throwi...

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