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Less Attachment, More Curiosity

As I approached the Canadian border late one night, I contemplated the reason I would give for my visit. I had been invited to work with a hospice team in a small First Nations community the next morning, but working in other countries can really hold one up at the border. I decided to tell the truth, though “vacationing” was a tempting answer.

The border agent in the booth opened his little window and asked some benign questions; he seemed quite lovely. Then he asked why I was visiting Canada. I said, “I’m going to be working in one of your communities.” He looked at me, and in an instant, everything shifted. It was as if I were presumed—immediately—to be guilty. Suddenly then, I thought, “How many bags ...

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