Moments of Insight
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“A moment's insight is sometimes worth a lifetime's experience. “

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., American jurist

“So, what do you think?” I was almost afraid to ask.

“These are much better,” he said at last.

It was my second meeting with the new lifestyles editor at the newspaper. I was pitching an idea for a self-esteem and personal empowerment column. The previous editor had little interest in the idea. The new editor was mildly interested and asked for some samples. The initial response was lukewarm but, unlike his predecessor, this editor asked for a rewrite and even provided some suggestions as to how to “ground” the columns and make them more applicable to the average reader. I immediately rewrote the sample columns a...

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