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Good Read
Good Read

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The Master answered and said,

"Once there lived a village

of creatures along the bottom

of a great crystal river.

The current of the river

swept silently over them

all- young and old, rich

and poor, good and evil,

the current going its own

way, knowing only its own crystal self.

Each creature in its own

manner clung tightly to the

twigs and rocks of the river

bottom, for clinging was their

way of life, and resisting

the current what each had

learned from birth.

But one creature said at

last, 'I am tired of clinging.

Though I cannot see it

with my eyes, I trust that

the current knows where it is

going. I shall let go, and

let it take me where it

will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.'

The other creatures laughed and

said, 'Fool! Let go, and that

current you worship will throw

you tumbled and smashed

across the rocks, and you

will die quicker than boredom!'

But the one heeded them

not, and taking a breath

did let go, and at once

was tumbled and smashed by

the current across the rocks.

Yet in time, as the creature

refused to cling again, the

current lifted him free from

the bottom, and he was bruised

and hurt no more.

And the creatures downstream, to

whom he was a stranger,

cried, 'See a miracle! A creature

like ourselves, yet he flies!

See the Messiah, come to save us all!'

And the one carried in

the current said, 'I am

no more Messiah than you.

The river delights to lift

us free, if only we dare

let go. Out true work is

this voyage, this adventure.' "

  ~Richard Bach~

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