It Owes Me....It Owes Me Not....

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A short essay on the benefits of self reliance.

Submitted: July 02, 2012

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Human beings are such strange creatures.  I've heard the expression spoken many times in many places over many years, and I must confess, until recently, I didn't understand what they meant.  "They owe me!"  It's three simple little words that confounded me completely.  Who owes you and what exactly are you owed?  The list has become quite lengthy and diverse over the years.  Surprisingly, most of the people I have known who have felt these entitlements were due them were wealthier than I was by far.  So.....after much soul searching I have come to a conclusion that has satisfied my need for understanding and here it is....

 

You are given everything you will ever be owed in this life the moment you take your first breath....period.  You have been given a gift....a wonderful gift....the chance to experience life in this realm of existence.  Whatever happens to you after you take that first breath is between you and the universe.  Bad things happen to good people and good things happen to not so good people....deal with it.  Some people's lives are short and full of pain while others live long and prosper, (not just Vulcans).  Life isn't fair....it is what it is....and what it is is wondrous.  I've known the incredible, indescribable feeling of deep, deep love.  I've also suffered excruciating pain and loss and to be honest....I'm glad for both.  I don't know what awaits me when my time here is done but it will be hard to top this. 

 

So the next time you're feeling like maybe the world is screwing you or owes you something I hope you will remember this.  Then call me and we will toast this amazing place and these incredible creatures we share it with!

 

Oh yeah, one more thing....smile more, it makes people think you're up to something! 

 


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