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Photo by Malcolm Slaney

Photo by Malcolm Slaney

By Melanie Mar Chow

“Self-regulation… [is] the quality of emotional intelligence that liberates us from living like hostages to our impulses.”  — Daniel Goleman, A Star Leader’s Secret Weapon

It must be February! Why?  My recent trips to the gym have thinned, post-New Year’s resolutions. Only thin people persevere to regulate body size.  Where are all of my new friends who were going to lose weight this year with me?  What happened to my own discipline, especially when I got a cold and didn’t go to the gym for a few weeks? (more…)

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Photo by Moyan Brenn

Photo by Moyan Brenn

By Vivian Mabuni

I got up earlier than normal one morning to fix lunch for my eleven year old, Michael. He looked at me and said, “Mom, you don’t need to make me lunches the next few days. I’m going to fast for you because I think it might help you during this round of chemo.”

“Really, are you sure, Buddy? I thought they were serving pizza this week.”

“Yeah, they are. But this is more important.”

Michael chose to fast for me during the week he would be helping out in the school lunch line. Helping in the lunch line was a privilege reserved only for sixth graders. Helpers enjoyed access to pizza. Not cafeteria pizza, but real pizza delivered by an actual pizza chain. Pizza rated near the top as one of Michael’s favorite foods. (more…)

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Photo by seyed mostafa zamani

By Jerrica Ching

On April 4th of this year, my 95-year-old grandfather was called home to be with God.  I consider him to be the most independent man I know to date; he cut the grass on his own lawn and drove his car around town up to the age of 93!  To me he was invincible, and I truly believed he would live to be 100 or even older.  (more…)

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Photo by jenny downing

By Ann Chen

I’ve always been somebody who’s rushing from one thing to the next.

In my grade school days, I often would be the first one done, often forgoing neatness to finish faster. At home, my mom always commented that I didn’t seem to want to stay still and rarely just sat down and rested, going from youth group to movies with friends to working on the paper at school. (more…)

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A Blessed Indifference

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By Joy Wong

I have always considered myself a sensitive person, in a rather inconvenient way.  For instance, if treated brusquely by someone else, I might ruminate — for a considerably long period of time — over what I did to make that person treat me in such a way. (more…)

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Photo by Butch Osborne

Photo by Butch Osborne

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

I’ll admit, I sometimes wonder about this. The impossible standards, the emotional distance, the indirect communication — and all that smiting in the Scriptures for offenses that really don’t seem that bad. All God would have to do is add piano-playing and good grades to the Fruit of the Spirit to become a fully fledged Asian deity. (more…)

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Laugh at Myself

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Photo by Sstayseee

By Elizabeth Chang

When I bump into the wall while walking around a corner,
When I trip over my laptop’s power cord and squeal out of fear that my laptop will fatally crash to the ground, (more…)

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