And could help you reach your goals.

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Walking into the art studio with my finished clay project in hand, I knew it was the best work I’d done in a long time. With other classes and homework to complete that week, I didn’t put much time into this one. Still, I was sure its creativity and energy would impress my professor.

Compared with sculptures from other students in class that day, I could tell theirs looked technically better. Mine had all the vitality, though!

I might have finished it quickly, but it was eye-catching.

The professor was surely going to give me a high grade and plenty…


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Dear God,

I know the world is going through a tough time right now, with the pandemic and everything, but I’m desperate for more time alone. Not alone forever, I enjoy being with my wife, and two out of control kids, some of the time. Maybe an hour a day would be helpful? A few hours or even one week, would be ideal. Magical even. I may be losing my mind, so a little solitude would help get me back on track.

There’s just no time to breathe or even think. To find time to get on my knees and…


You don’t need a lot of time to be aware of the present moment

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Remember that time you were writing and feeling stressed out? Perhaps, you thought of taking a few deep breaths to calm yourself down. Great idea. I love breathing exercises, but I’ve added one more practice to my “instant mindfulness” routine I’d like to share with you.

Observing your hands.

It’s as simple as it sounds. When I feel overwhelmed or stressed, I look at my hands and appreciate whatever they happen to be doing.

Watching your hands and appreciating your actions

Let me tell you how this hand observing idea came to me. I enjoy doing a few yoga poses in the morning, like upward and downward-facing…


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Be careful what you wish for when magic…



You’re pushing me away when I already have very little time to spend on you

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We’ve enjoyed such wonderful times together, Medium app, but you’re turning me off.

In my free moments, which I have very little of, I press you to scroll through the latest articles and pick an interesting one you suggest to read. Your design is pleasing, and I love the flow of reading your articles. The feeling of highlighting sentences that resonate is euphoric.

Until you crash.

If I’ve spent two minutes reading an engaging article about how writing on Medium will change my life, then it all disappears, I feel like giving up on you. Breaking up, if you will…


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Some friends are good at bringing their ideas…


Was over a month of sickness worth it?

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I believe we should all get vaccinated. It’s the right thing to do for you and for your country.

Even if this story sounds like I don’t trust them, I believe in vaccines. Unfortunately, my experience didn’t go the way I thought it would.

The first dose was no problem. Everyone told me it wouldn’t be all that bad, so I wasn’t worried. I was thrilled to get the second dose of the Moderna vaccine — even more excited when a few days after it, I didn’t have serious side effects. Feeling exhausted and a bit lightheaded didn’t bother me…

Khalid Birdsong

Cartoonist, art teacher, humor and personal growth writer. Get my comics emailed to you weekly here-

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