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There are those who fear living and there are those who fear dying and they are usually the same. When people have lived fully the life they have been given they can gracefully leave it behind without too many regrets. On the other hand when someone has always played it safe and remained within a well protected comfort zone, it’s the life they have never allowed themselves to live that comes back to haunt them in the twilight hours. It’s all too easy to measure out our lives in coffee spoons rather than engage in the great adventure we are called upon. Real life can never be found within our comfort zone but only at the edge where we are prepared to step out. This demands placing courage in front of our fear and is the only way of becoming the person we really are. In the words of the poet Kahil Gibran, it’s the list for comfort that murders the passion of the soul and then walks grinning at the funeral.

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