Do you remember, in elementary school, hovering tight over the magnifying glass to watch the leaf burn? I do. And I caught myself mid-text today, because I was poised once again for that scathing cycle of gossip:magnifying someone else’s faults while minimizing mine– when in reality I’m magnifying those insecurities deep down inside of me to burn another. What good will it do, using my words to criticize another without any intention of helping them? That’s the question to myself today. And I’m trying to be better at this– day by day, leaf by leaf.