How is your heart doing?

The idea of taking leave emerged in conversation, but I brushed it off, a defense mechanism. I didn’t even think it was an option, that leave was something you were permitted to do after dedicating decades of your life to the work. I realized my hesitation also stemmed greatly in how I valued myself based on my work. That translated into the following thoughts:

  • I am being asked to take leave because I am not doing this right or well 

  • I am being asked to take leave because something is wrong with me

How obviously distorted is this thinking?

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Yian Saechao
What are the Compacts of Free Association (COFA)?

...through the COFA Dental Program put forward to Oregon legislators this session, we are a step closer to ensuring optimal health for all Oregonians.”

—Lilian Ongelungel, a Palauan woman born and raised in Portland, Oregon who served as a Commissioned Officer in the US Army.

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Yian Saechao