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There are a handful of times in our lives when life demands we step up and “get our hands dirty”. I love this phrase and the image it brings to mind because in our modern world we so rarely have actually dirty hands. If we like to garden or hunt for shells, perhaps, but otherwise, we do everything we can to keep our fingers clean.

The metaphorical aspect of the idiom is, perhaps, even more interesting. Getting your hands dirty in this sense requires that you step out of your comfort zone, and do something you wouldn’t typically do if the situation didn’t demand it.

Today, take 8 minutes to write about a time in which you–either literally or figuratively–had no choice but to get your hands dirty.

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