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Disappointments are our Greatest Teachers

The back of a woman as she gazes out over the view of the horizon. The woman is standing on a mountain top and the view is of several peaks.
Photo by Krivec Ales, downloaded via

September 2021

My spouse, Erik, and I were a couple of hundred feet from the summit with a steep rock scramble looming above our heads — the final push to the top of the world. I was panting. My legs were sore. My stomach was growling, ready for the peanut and jelly sandwich I had packed…



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