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Two Lives


      As the day was coming to an end, two men sat reminiscing on their childhood and contemplating their tomorrows. Shortly, the sun fell from the sky. The moon was like a beam, transcending on the two, with the stars watching from a distance as an audience. The first man turned to the other and asked, “My friend, if you could change the world but die in the process and not see the results, would you still do it? Or instead, would you choose to live a long, lengthy life to reach to be an old man?”
The other man looked up into the sky, thought hard about the question and meditated on the idea of two lives.  The first life would be full of struggles, challenges, and hardships; however, it would be adventurous and rewarding. He had no time for a family but in his final years, he would have become enlightened. The second life would be successful and long but repetitive and predictable; surrounded by a loving family but his misery kept hidden. He would achieve old age but would never truly be satisfied with his life.
The man reached his conclusion and turned to his friend and said, ” I am me now but I will not be me in 5, 10, or 20 years from this moment. I will still be me but another person, a more experienced me. You see, change produces loss and loss must be grieved. It is not things that change. We change.”
“Then what is most important?” asked his friend in concern. Actual experience or the memory from the experience?”
“That’s a good question,” he replied. “I have never been asked that before. You cannot have one without the other. You experience and make the memory after. I suppose the most important is the lesson learned from the experience and to live in the middle. I apologize, there is no easy way to answer this. ”
The first man stood up and took a few steps towards an empty patch where the grass failed to grow. He picked up a few stones and sat down. As he studied the rocks, he said, “There is no right or wrong answer. You see, the earth gives us music and we write the lyrics. Whatever the words may be, it is your song. It is your passion. You choose. The past and the present do not exist because time is an illusion.” He looked at his friend now and continued,” There is no need to worry about what does not exist. Also, remember this my friend,  you are not responsible for what has happened to you but you are responsible for what happens next. There is a qoute that goes somewhat like this,“All of life is a journey which paths we take, what we look back on, and what we look forward to is up to us. We determine our destination, what kind of road we will take to get there, and how happy we are when we get there.””
“That’s quite a philosophy. I understand,” answered the second man. “You are a good person. A wise man knows people, but an enlightened man knows himself’. How, then, would you answer your question? Which path would you take?”
The first man stood up and sat next to his friend. Silence occupied the moment as he sat finding a way to place his words. “Perception is reality,” he finally spoke.” What is to you is different to me. For example, what is right and what is wrong? There are two worlds: one is your world, your life. The other being the world as it is. In my world, I will see the results before I die; however, to change the world that is, I would have to let others peer through the windows of my eyes. When others live in the world that you live in, that is how the world is changed.”

“The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created–created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating.” -Unknown

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By John Matar
Revised By Morganne McFarland.

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