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The Little Boy and His Learning

The Bird's Song

Once upon a time a bird flew to the top of a tree and began to teach herself a new song. It was one of love and kindness, an ode to the beauty of a world at peace.But the words stuck in her throat.Hour after hour she tried to sing her song, a gorgeous melody of joy and laughter that welled up in her mind’s eye, but no matter how hard she tried to offer the tune, it caught in a stunted way over and over, until she began to choke.Recognizing the futility of continuing in such a way, she rested awhile, and then slowly allowed a melody to take its own shape.At first it startled the bird to hear the sounds of mourning that emerged. Sorrow followed, delicately shaped by weighted sadness. As the notes began to blend, a dirge came forth that told of hardship and anguish, heartbreak and loss. So sorrowful were the tones, that as she sang, she herself began to mourn. And so striking was her lament, that the world mourned with her. It was the honesty of her song that taught the world to grieve, …

The Frightening Path

The Old Man and the Stars

Once upon a time there was a man who lived by the sea. Every night, just before he lay down to rest, the sea would whisper into the heart of the man, telling him to look up.And every night the man would ignore the sea, thinking briefly as he slipped into sleep that he had too much work to do the next day.On a day when he had become an old man, he was hauling driftwood from the shore just as the sun set beyond the sea.He had hoped to get another task done before turning in for the night.But in the dark, he tripped and fell flat on his back. Stunned for a moment, he heard the sea whisper in his heart.He opened his eyes. That was when he saw the stars.The sea ceased to whisper then, for there was no more need.