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A Thought for Today
Wisdom is not earned easily.
ONE SUMMER DAY
9 JUNE 1998
THE GREAT ADVENTURE
One day you wake up sure beyond all wondering that deadlines are the food
of stress. Other people's stopping places. Other people's deadlines..
Other people's No, you can't. Yes, you must..
If you are of good fortune or among the favored few, somewhere between the
last pay check and the head exploding, you come upon sweet solitude in all
its joy and finery. It is then you understand at once that here is finally
friend and lover you went seeking long ago. If not true friend then
compliment to same. And no less a lover than the last your arms go 'round
as God administers the final count.
Stress by any handle, tension or tomorrow is the enemy of reason, betrayer
of each confidence and harbinger of every trouble laid at the feet of
time. Who can sing of solitude enough? Why do we fear the word? Perhaps
the answer is the question. Must there always be a why and a why not? Only
if within the blood there is no sense of daring-do. Stress will always be
the chain that holds us back from solitude, the great adventure.
- from Folio #40 , 1983
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