From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

January 5

I met a friend of a friend when they included me in their lunch plans. In the presence of ice water with the freshest twist of lemon and a lunch of hummus on pita bread, this most unusual of creatures turned to me and said, “Tell me about you.” I suppose I stammered something about being a nurse or a grandmother or winters in Minnesota.

If I could return to that luncheon table, I would try to talk about the things I wish for and the things that make me unexpectedly happy, or the darkest thoughts I’ve ever had to sweep from my mind. On those days when uncertainty reigns supreme, I can take myself back and begin, “Let me tell you about me. I’m the one who needs to attend to the conversation that follows.”

Beadrin Youngdahl

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