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      Tishrei 12, 5771, 9/20/2010

      Poetry Submission: The Key to Life by Avrohom Bilgrei

      The Key to Life
      by Avrohom Bilgrei

      The key to life is not who you know, but what you share
      And how much you do share.
      Not how resolute you are, but how embracing of change you are.
      One's capacity to make a friend of the unknown in search of the positive.
      To embrace the positive while relinquishing the negative
      Without considering how new the positive is,
      Nor how intrenched the negative
      Without regard to how much you agree with the negative
      Nor how disagreeable the positive may appear, just to be
      Able to see and to distinguish between the two
      Not to find solice in the familiar , nor discomfort in the unfamiliar
      To know there is a black and white in life with objective clarity
      When you find the gray...
      Find a place for it, but...
      Don't allow "it" to displace black or white you can juggle the three!
      Without dissodence
      Without politics
      It's true this requires patience and...
      D - i - s - c - i - p - l - i - n - e
      It is not eeeeasy
      But, it's not complicated!
      Don't let the bastards and the manipulators confuse you
      The bastards are illegitmate
      The manipulators deceptive
      Find piece, of mind, of thought, of emotion, of spirit,
      Find those who embody these traits , latch on to them-
      Creativity will follow
      Realization will set in!
      You will will have a vessel for the spiritual , you will evolve
      The effort will be minimal
      You will be sublimly unique
      You will transcend "organized" religion
      "Organized" anything, procure the ultimate grace, and
      Be on a first name basis with truth and G-d!

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