We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

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Kaka

We all have problems.  I get that.  As adults it’s much easier to get caught in the trap of complaining about any given hardship that we encounter or bump in the road that we might face than it is to work towards a realistic solution to whatever the source of our current woe might be.  We’re only human.  We often get stuck in endless cycles of bad behavior, unable to rescue ourselves for torments that are mostly of our own creation.  Sometimes we fail.  Other times we succeed.  Both the highs and the lows can be wild, emotional roller coasters.

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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

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You say you want a revolution

It’s said that no good deed should ever go unpunished.  It often feels as though even those who set out with only the purest and noblest of intentions in mind will ultimately be met with either a compromised failure or an unmitigated disaster at the conclusion of their journey.  The real truth probably lies somewhere in between these two statements.  A sense of disappointment arrives from the realization that the thing we seek to change is far too intrinsic to ever bend to our will.  Then, as a direct result, a punishment is self-inflicted, a constant recurring reminder of a failure to understand and accept the truly limited nature of our role in the larger world.

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