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REALLY FINDING YOU

From the time we are born, we are rarely given an opportunity to search for who we are.  Through no fault of our parents and adult friends, we are herded into certain ways of thinking and acting.  In nations, cultures, and families where there is a deep religious adherence, this formulaic upbringing is most intense.  There are strict pathways to be led down.  There are rules and regulations that are taught as universal truths, even though they may not be.  We are not encouraged to ask who we are as individuals, as unique creations.  We are programmed and never stop to ask ourselves who we are, who is this who now senses this moment, sees that tree, hears that bird, feels that breeze...each of it in the way that only we, as a unique entity, can experience it.  Stop!  Take a look and feel at who we are...who you are.

"Each second we live in a new and unique moment of the Universe, a moment that never was before and will never be again.  And what do we teach our children in school?  We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France.  When will we also teach them what they are?

"We should say to each of them: do you know what you are?  You are a marvel.  You are unique.  In all the world there is no other child exactly like you.  In the millions of years that have passed there has never been another child like you. 

"And look at your body -- what a wonder it is!  Your legs, your arms, your cunning fingers, the way you move!  You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven.  You have the capacity for anything.

"Yes, you are a marvel.  And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?  You must cherish one another.  You must work -- we must all work -- to make this world worthy of its children."       -Pablo Casals, the greatest cellist of the 20th century

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