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Posted by TerryS ( on January 10, 2001 at 23:22:11:

> A young boy was sitting in the back seat of the car eating an
> apple.
> He poked his father in the front seat and asked, "Daddy, why does
> my apple turn brown?"
> His father answered, "When the skin is removed from the apple,
> air reaches the flesh of the apple and causes oxidation. This
> changes the apple's molecular structure and results in a brownish
> color."
> After a long pause, a small voice from the back seat asked,
> "Daddy, are you talking to me?"
> Too often I feel like that boy! I want answers. I want solutions
> to those confusing problems I run up against. I want someone to
> explain how to get through the difficult times and complex
> problems so that I can get it right!
> But I think I identify a bit more with the father whose daughter
> asked him if he would help her with some homework.
> "I'm sorry," he replied. "It wouldn't be right."
> "Well," she said, "at least you could try."
> I don't have that many answers. And hard as I try, I can't ever
> get it all "right."
> But one of the most wonderful answers I DO have is this: I don't
> HAVE to always get it right! I don't always have to know what to
> do in every new situation I encounter. All I am required to do is
> give it my best, learn from the experience and go on.
> The affable Dr. Leo Buscaglia once said, "No one gets out of this
> world alive, so the time to live, learn, care, share, celebrate,
> and love is now." Which is pretty hard to do when you're waiting
> for the answers first.
> So you got it WRONG! So what? Forgive yourself and try again. For
> even if you won't get out of this world alive, you CAN get
> life -- joyful and abundant -- out of this world.
> 2001 Steve Goodier

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