“Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.”
-- Letters of Flannery O'Connor

This reminds me of one of the paradoxes of my happiness project: I want to accept myself, but also expect more from myself.

* A thoughtful reader sent me this link to a video showing an eight-month-old baby hearing his mother's voice after his cochlear implant is turned on.

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