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The dog’s paw 2

Dear Bradshaw,

The time has come to turn over a new leaf. I know I’ve said that before but this time I mean it. (I know I’ve said that before too but this time I really mean it.)

The leaf is this: from now on I no longer criticize anyone or anything, neither thoughts nor words. Yes, criticizing is normal. It’s natural. It’s human. But it’s a waste of brain space. After all these years of griping and grumbling I’ve noticed my criticism hasn’t changed a thing. The same people keep doing the same things. Besides, who am I to say what’s right or wrong with the world? I know only what’s right and wrong for me. So it’s time to change the only thing I can change = myself.

From now on, when I see someone throw an expired metro ticket on the ground, even if there’s a trashcan five feet away, I will think no negative thoughts. If someone exhales a wall of cigarette smoke just as I’m passing: no problem. On rainy days, when a car curves toward a puddle and splashes me: let it be. If people on the bus answer their cell phones and talk in voices so loud it disturbs my reading: think good thoughts. If I see someone neglect to cleanup after his or her dog does its duty on a public sidewalk: I will smile, maybe even walk over and shake his or her hand, or the dog’s paw.

Because that’s the world, right? It has been like this for longer than I’ve been around and will continue to be like this long after I’m gone. The Earth rotates and revolves and there’s nothing I can do to make it change directions or go where I want it to go. The only thing I can change is myself. No more badmouthing my neighbors who smoke in the elevator. No more criticizing people who blast their car radios. No more complaining when students don’t write down new vocabulary words. After all, maybe there’s a Master Plan and these apparent issues are, in reality, the universe conspiring in my favor or trying to teach me something.

So that’s it, Shaw. Turning over this leaf has lifted a weight from my shoulders. I feel as light as a snowflake and as free as can be. I could float into the sky and disappear into the great blue beyond. The world cannot be improved because it’s already as perfect as can be. Perhaps if everyone could align with that fact we as a species could transcend our limitations and eternalize. Why not? Dreams are real, right?


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  1. Pat says:

    so how’s this new leaf workin’ out for ya??? This accessing your higher self—I find it lasts about a day (speaking for myself, of course)…..I applaud you in your efforts!!

  2. Scott Sussman says:

    For me it goes beyond a day. In fact, it often lasts until my next post.

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