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Let It Be Kind To You

“Whatever bad things have happened to you in your life, whatever hard things you’ve gone through, you have to do three things: You have to accept it. You have to be kind to it. ... And listen to me. You have to let it be kind to you."

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Illustration of woman with paper shell

Illustration (detail) by Gracìa Lam

“Y’always think that when you get old, you’re supposed to become wise. But here I am, fixin’ to die, and I never did.” Gloria’s milky blue eyes widened and she raised her eyebrows. She laughed, just a little bit.“I’d have thought, with all I been through, that if anyone could fig …

Kerry Egan is a hospice chaplain and a graduate of Harvard Divinity School who lives in Columbia, South Carolina. This article is adapted from the preface to a remarkable collection of stories called On Living, published by Riverhead Books.


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