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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Morning After

The clouds rolled in. They did the same thing yesterday. I watched move slowly along, until one of the ones in front seemed to hit something. That caused a traffic jam of sorts, and then a lot of other clouds fell victim to the trap. The constant complaining of the denizens of the sky came down in little droplets. I gazed no further. As I reached the shelter of my humble abode I saw that there was another person laying on the ground outside. He was in need of help, but as I offered him my hand he refused to accept it.

I looked into his eyes. He was not scared. He was not even in pain. He just wasn't able to move forward try as hard as he might. But, he didn't want to let anyone help him out. I looked around me and we were the only two on the street. He attempted to move forward again, but soon gave up with a heaving sigh. Then, he looked up at me. I was still with him. I guess I had resolved to helping out this man and that's why I found myself standing next to him. It was a long hard look. It was as if he was trying to say that he was upset with him for not knowing what he wanted at that moment. I began questioning myself. What was I doing here? Would I have even walked up to him to offer him help if it wasn't raining? How exactly did I want to help him? What was I hoping to achieve.

In an instant he stopped looking at me and looked forward. I looked in the direction that he was gazing in, looked back at him, looked up at the rain coming down, and then stepped back. He didn't turn to look at me. He kept looking forward. And that's where I left him. For the longest time I tried to make sense of this...but then I realized. It's a lesson that keeps coming back to me. There are always reasons for things. You just may not know at a particular moment, that's all.

-Not a true story...please.
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