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PREFACE

In our youth most of us, most people are Idealist.  We have a strong convinction about:

  • What Is RIGHT! (Just!  Fair!)
  • What Is WRONG!

Our Visions are crystal clear!

But then some time later in our lives… tragedy STRIKES!

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Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me Makes Me Stronger!

We say, but we forget the unspoken second part of the phrase,

“but it also scars and makes me limp…”

I have found it interesting…

There are people who exist, who have an almost uncanny adamant abilty to

Hope against hope

No matter what Life THROWS at them, they find the strength to keep believing that

Life WILL Get Better!

Those type of people are exceedingly rare…

(Unfortunately) many more exist, who when

a betrayal of trust,

a discriminatory inequality manifests itself

a disaster of some sort occurs

Once or twice (or an uncountable amount of times) there believe of

  • Success!
  • A Brighter Future!

is Shattered…

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RESILIENCY

Who doesn’t love a good story, especially the ones with a Happy Ending 🙂

But anyone who has lived long enough soon understands that Happily Ever After is reserved for Fairy Tales (and various other fictional media)

So when Life hurls a rock at your idealized vision of the world, does

  • Does Your Vision BREAK

Or

  • Does Your Vision BEND

If you allow your vision to be Broken, then Hope withers and you are left with a more hollow version of yourself.  And as your hope withers more and more Bitterness seeps in to fill the void.  Tainting your soul, bit by bit…

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BUT if you are Resilient

If you allow your vision to Bend, then the force of the disappointments, of disasters are defected and Hope survives!

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I find it ironic… people don’t seem to understand that adopting Cynicism against an idea

Is NOT a REJECTION of a belief, but rather an ADMISSION of a belief’s validity to themselves!

In other words, they are (doggedly) clinging to the BELIEF!

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The ONLY was to Free yourself from powerful clutches of a belief, is to SHIFT…

You must take your IDEAL and modify it.  YOU MUST BEND!

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BOXED IN BY ABSOLUTES

Why is it that we, humans Justify harming each other?  Besides strives for power, it’s are REFUSAL to admit that our own Beliefs are flawed.

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I’m right! You’re wrong!

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We REFUSE to see that EACH OF US TRULY ONLY HAS A FRACTION OF THE TRUTH.

Instead we see the World in absolutes.

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Somewhere along the way… most of us seem to have learned that

Compromise is weakness!

But the ability to compromise is a manifestation of Strength.  We can divine absolute truth from considering the perspectives of ALL.

The strongest materials bend when hit – other materials are dented, bent, or shattered.

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