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Unlock

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“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”

What use is a key if you never use it? In other words, the doors are closed and you don’t foresee going to that place anytime soon? Like there’s no point in keeping a key if you’re just waiting for the circumstance to appear in which you need it.

I gave away the keys I no longer need or use and the weight of my key chain is so much lighter. I don’t really see the benefit of carrying them around. The irony is if you get rid of a key you’re unable to use it actually unlocks more than before.

Unlocking opportunities – what would be the point if someone held a master key? Would you have to use it on every single door? What’s so special? There’s plenty of doors. And more than one key. For example, you can pick the lock, you can pry it open with force, you can kick it open, whatever. But first you need to walk up to the door. Then knock. Or ring the doorbell. Maybe even create your own door.

Hell, wipe the dust off your feet and pick up the doormat. Create the keys that you need.

Desperate

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“Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge them into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory.”

It feels like you’re just sitting at the cusp. But something is missing. Urgency. An absolute need. This is what you must imagine to transform a plateau into a scalable mountain. Survival and victory are not disparate. But you must be desperate.

“I never worry about action, but only inaction.”

Warmonger

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“There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.”

Unleash all the ghosts and demons from your past that haunt you. Let all hell break loose. Get down to business.

“War is the business of barbarians.”

It Get

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“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”

Cut your losses. And get after it.

Respect

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“The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.”

“Respect the burden.”

In The End

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“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”

Schrödinger’s cat. I both know and I don’t know.

But in the end it doesn’t even matter.

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Deathday

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“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”

It’s several friends’ birthdays today. I’m accustomed to these social conventions. I’m however unfamiliar with what the protocol is for this.

“We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.”

Birth, Wisdom, Life

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“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,

    or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;

or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,

    or let the fish in the sea inform you.

Which of all these does not know

    that the hand of the Lord has done this?

In his hand is the life of every creature

    and the breath of all mankind.

Does not the ear test words

    as the tongue tastes food?

Is not wisdom found among the aged?

    Does not long life bring understanding?

Throw

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“Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.”