24 // Mistakes

While on a recent subway trip, I noticed the subway line had replaced the live-person announcements for each station with pre-recorded announcements.

Most of the stations along the route have fairly ordinary names. But there’s one station with an odd name, one that’s not even remotely phonetic. Unless you’re from the area, you probably wouldn’t know how to pronounce it correctly.

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23 // Move Closer

The zoom setting on a camera is safe. It allows you to take a picture of something without getting close enough to experience it.

Which can be helpful, if you want a shot of a lion’s canines.

Moving closer requires risk. Vulnerability. Intimacy.

(And by now you realized we’re not actually talking about photography.)

Don’t zoom in on people; move closer.

19 // Problem-Solving Questions

“My dear, all life is a series of problems which we must try and solve, first one and the next and the next, until at last we die.” – Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey

What do we do when faced with something new? Do we blindly accept it? Overthink it? Consider the pros and cons and make an educated decision? Go with the recommendation of family and friends?

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