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doing

  

            A football coach once declared that in order to tackle a strong opponent coming straight at you, you should not aim just for the man, but instead you must aim for a spot three feet behind him, only then will you have the inertia and power to take him down.

 

 

not-doing

  

None are ever killed going over the waterfall. It is because of the frantic, fruitless struggle, when one swims desperately trying not to go over; it is because of this- because of the futile effort at the crest- that none have the energy to swim safely to the welcoming shore.

 

 

(excerpted from THE DREAM OF BEING: aphorisms, ideograms, and aislings, by Jack Haas)

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