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Charlene Haparimwi, 17

When death was no longer a threat but an invitation,
and my outlook on life needed transformation,
handwritten slips of paper served as documentation
of all that brought me gratification:
a movie night with mom, a lively conversation,
school, clubs, and youth group focused my concentration
on thoughts that triggered no deterioration.
Praising God each day I was alive brought validation
that all God has done deserves celebration.
When I feel myself spiraling down to old sensations,
I go back to my gratitude jar, my newfound revelation.

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