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Letting Go

a grey squirrel

The chimpanzee loved eggs.  He also ate fruits and flowers, leaves and seeds, but nothing made him pant-hoot quite like a blackbird egg freshly plucked from its nest.

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rice terrace in China

There once lived an old farmer atop a mountain carved with terraces.  He grew rice and vegetables upon them, trading his surplus for any goods he might require or desire.  Though he never left the terraced mountain, he received frequent visitors from the villages and towns below.  They came from all over the country because they had heard that he knew the secret to happiness.

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struggle with life silhouette

I was at Urban Outfitters one melancholic day, thumbing through one of their books, when I came across the following:

“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’”
-Sydney J. Harris

The first thought that occurred to me was: Compared to death.  Death is way harder.  I don’t want to die.

Then I thought: Wait a minute.  Life is pretty damn hard.

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t-rex dinosaur fossil

Tang Dynasty. A Chinese emperor in Chang’an, fearing death, commissions alchemists to create an elixir of immortality. Sulphur, saltpeter, and charcoal are combined to form “fire medicine.” While not granting eternal life, fire medicine is found to be a useful fumigant to kill insects before its martial potential becomes clear. Gunpowder is born. Under constant threat of invasion, especially by Mongols to the north, the Chinese create gunpowder weapons: the gun, cannon, flamethrower, rocket, multi-stage rocket, bomb, land mine, and eventually, the machine gun. The serendipitous discovery of gunpowder is hailed as one of the “Four Great Inventions,” ushering in the age of “hot” warfare.

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Viriato, warrior

The man had a dream. At one time, he even believed in his dream. He took action towards realizing this dream and with each step he took, he could smell the sweet aroma of victory filling his nostrils. But something happened, something that would forever change the course of his life.

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Living in Limbo

2 glasses of wine

So I was in a motor vehicle accident 2 weeks ago. A car was speeding and rear-ended me on the freeway while I was stopped in traffic, knocking me into the car in front. He then tried to flee the scene until I took out my phone and started copying down his license plate number.

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rocky hill ahead

Your path is a blessed one. As long as you walk it, you will be accompanied by 2 guardian angels.

The first angel goes by many names: Your Inner Presence. Your Higher Self. Your Guiding Light. Your Muse.

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