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BIRTHING ALL OUR LIVES–Wisdom from Antin (1912) & Albert (1997)

"We are not born all at once, but by bits. The body first, and the spirit later; and the birth and growth of the spirit, in those who are attentive to their own inner life, are slow and exceedingly painful. Our mothers are racked with the pains of our physical birth; we ourselves suffer the longer pains of our spiritual growth."—Mary Antin, 1912

"Birthing happens every day, in many ways, large and small...Old things come to an end, are outgrown, or outworn. New life emerges, and with it a sense of wonder, of joy. What interesting lives we lead!"—Susan Wittig Albert, 1997

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