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Fri, Nov 05 2004

Jumping Off

It's been a long week and we Americans are digesting the aftermath of an election that dwarfed almost every other national story for the last few months. Some of us got a lot of what we wanted this week and some of us are sorely disappointed. Elizabeth Edwards' choice to wait until after the election to tell us that she is battling cancer underscored everyone's wish to get the election over and done with so that we could all get on with what needs to be done.

In putting all this into perspective, I happened upon one little news item out of the central coast of California today. A wild condor that hatched earlier this year took its first flight as a completely wild bird this fall, and is the first truly wild condor to do that in more than two decades.

The young condor has no idea of its significance to humans, or that we've all been willing the species to survive and prosper. The condor is merely doing what it was born to do, whether anyone is watching or not. I think maybe we humans are like that, sometimes. Circumstances and the history that came before us dictate our jumping off place, and we may draw a crowd as we go about the business of just being human. Some people admire our efforts and other people will make fun of us with our every attempt. Humans are tempted to get discouraged when we're ridiculed and to puff up and get proud when we're cheered on. But every now and then I come across wise humans who, like the condors, ignore all that exterior hype and just do what they're born to do.

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