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As stated in the Talmud Just before a baby is born an angel shows it everything there is to know and learn on Earth Then at the moment of birth the angel touches the infants upper lip and the child forgets everything We spend the rest of our lives remembering what the angel showed us The journey of remembering takes a lifetime It is a journey of endless choices opportunities and discoveries It is of roads taken or ignored This life includes celebration joy love and suffering It is a journey not without illness injury or lost moments But most of all hopefully it is a journey into self-wisdom and into self-knowing Whatever it really is in the end it is my life I am the only person alive with its sole custody I have learned in my 19 years that this life is not a dress rehearsal This is it My philosophy of life embraces a faith in a God that I believe courses through and influences every part of my being like multi-color threads woven in a vast tapestry independent but part of the very weave that makes the tapestry beautiful and gives it form Without the beautiful single threads the tapestry could never be I have gained wisdom and insight in my own journey and Ive shared some I believe as well In my freshman year of college I discovered the writings of Kahlil Gibran You give but little when you give of your possessions It is when you give of yourself that you truly give His greatest work The Prophet has much to do with the way I discern my life and is threaded through this work Kahlil Gibran also taught about pain he believed that pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding Even as the stone of the fruit must break that its heart may stand in the sun so you must know
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