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DAILY CHOICE: Intimate vs. Impersonal

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Intimate vs. Impersonal

REFLECTION:

To have enough inside to give away is not enough. For it is not the same as the giving itself. To allow oneself to soar, in moments of revelry, risks a fall, an injury. We all know that. But to pull back, to self-protect, means losing what the person hopes to save. Barriers once constructed, grow taller but no more protective. And they offend our instincts, our nature to have our hearts reach out. Each woman, each man is a person worth meeting, greeting, knowing, loving. Each has worth, value, goodness. Each deserves comfort, touch and intimacy. To lose the ability to connect with other persons, to become impersonal is doubly regressive. First you lose the hearts and souls of the relations, and second you suffer the self-recrimination of recognizing the deafening and deadening of your own spirit.

MUSES:

To make a prairie it takes clover and one bee
one clover, and a bee,
and revelry
the revelry alone will do,
if bees are few.

Emily Dickinson

We are adhering to life now with our last muscle – the heart.
Djuna Barnes

Advice to young writers who want to get ahead without annoying delays: don’t write about Man, write about a man.
E. B. White

I feel bad that I don’t feel worse.
Michael Frayn

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DAILY CHOICE is an online resource, designed for daily personal reflection, and drawn from The Book of Choices: A Treasury of Insights for Personal and Professional Growth by Mike Magee.
ABOUT “The Book of Choices”:
What defines the life of an individual? Above all, our lives are shaped by the thousands of choices, large and small, that we make each day. These choices, not chance, are the building blocks of our lives. “The Book of Choices” is a beautifully designed bedside book of reflections based on 77 decision areas, embracing the myriad challenges and choices human beings face. It distills the wisdom of hundreds of history’s greatest thinkers, teachers, and doers. Take their words as guiding lights as you chart your course each day towards personal and professional growth.
You can purchase “The Book of Choices” for yourself or a loved one HERE.
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