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As soon as I understood

(even to a limited degree)

That this is G-d’s world

I began to lose weight

Immediately

At this very moment

I am wearing

My hockey uniform

From the Sixth Grade

–Leonard Cohen (A limited degree)

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Practice no-action;
Attend to do-nothing;
Taste the flavorless,
Magnify the small,
Multiply the few,
Return love for hate.

Deal with the difficult while it is yet easy;
Deal with the great while it is yet small;

The difficult develops naturally from the easy,
And the great from the small;
So the sage, by dealing with the small,
Achieves the great.

Who finds it easy to promise finds it hard to be trusted;
Who takes things lightly finds things difficult;
The sage recognizes difficulty, and so has none.

–Tao te ching (63)

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My life is but a weaving

Between my Lord and me,

I cannot choose the colors

Nor all the pattern see.

Sometimes He chooses sorrow

And I, in foolish pride

Forget He sees the upper

And I the under side.

Not till the loom is silent

And the shuttles cease to fly

Will He reveal the pattern

Or tell the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful

In the weavers skillful hand,

As the threads of gold and silver

In the pattern He has planned.

–anon

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