Sometimes it feels like there are too many unknowns to bear. Like you wish you could take a seat, lean back, and look at the big picture–but you can’t. You can’t take your eyes off the prize, how much you want it, and all the while squeezing it so tight that you very much might … More Holidaze


Dear Polly, I’m 24 and it’s been a couple years since I was in a serious relationship, in which I got my heart broken. (I know, common, who hasn’t?!) I think I could have been pretty close to being in another one in college, but I ran away from it as fast as I could … More Darkness

Scary things.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

The burnout

I’m scared I won’t be a good doctor. I know it sounds trite. I know I’m compassionate and hard working and knowing everything is impossible…but I’ll never be one of those incredible people who are just so smart that they catch everything. And I’ll be personal here: I’m tragically afraid of being mediocre. We work … More The burnout


“I’m thankful that nothing in the bible rests on feelings. If it did, if we were to rest our whole lives on feelings, then we would quit everything. We would stop searching. We would leave jobs constantly. We would leave one another instantly. Feelings, while they exist and jerk us around, aren’t the most credible. … More Feelings.

“The world is changing all the time, at every moment. Someone is falling in love right now, and someone is being born. A dream is coming true in some city or small town, and right at the same moment, another dream is crashing and crumbling. A marriage is ending somewhere, and it’s somebody’s wedding day, … More