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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Not a Great Mystery

As philosophies
dry up and wither away
in untouched bookcases,
remember,
it’s not a great mystery:

breathe in,
breathe out,
and help someone else along the way.

The world is an equation
but rarely is it
an equality.

Sometimes a “greater than,”
sometimes it’s a “less than,”

and if you need
to boil it down
further,
it’s this:

others first,
then you.

Anything else is
merely
narcissism.

11 comments:

  1. Perfect. The line breaks are marvelous.

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  2. This is a meditation we all need -- the end is cutting but fits. Setting our selves aside, seeing others -- noticing how they breathe, what they need -- yes. Just yes. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Oh yes... we need to keep this in mind, the me is one of the words that should often be replaces with you or we...

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  4. Thanks for reminding us that we have many almost forgotten philosophies that really we should not forget.
    ..

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  5. All my life, I have placed, the need of others, ahead of my own. To the point, I have been told, I need to be more aggressive, in fighting for my own needs, to be taken care of.

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  6. Yes, I agree with MZ.. great pace and control in the structure of this monologue.

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  7. Age old yet fresh, as philosophies go
    Thanks for reminding us

    Much love...

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  8. Others first, but don't forget the and you. :)

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