Akaya Windwood responds to the winners of the Winter 2015 "Letting Go of Worry" essay competition.
Read Margaret's essay about replacing her worry with gratitude.
We received many powerful essays for the Winter 2015 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
What is one worry you’d like to throw away? What would you replace your worry with, and what would you—and possibly those around you— gain by not having that worry in your life?
What are some ways—digital or otherwise—that you get strength and support to fight world suck with awesome?
Do teachers and administrators at your school discipline students with dignity? Or with disrespect?
Whether or not you agree with war, how might you welcome a war veteran home and support his return to community life?
If you simplified your life, what things would you get rid of or use less?
Do genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in your food concern you?
What would happen if you deliberately spoke to or smiled at people you might usually ignore- cashiers, the homeless, or someone of a different ethnicity?
If you could design your dream house, what would it look like?
Does it matter who you eat with and how often you eat together?
Hunting is a complex issue and can evoke emotional arguments. Is hunting moral? Can it be done in a respectful, humane way?
How do you resolve differences you have with family members and friends?
We all have gifts worthy of sharing. What's your gift?