Giving the Sky
A well known and wealthy individual decided to go on vacation.
Foregoing his sumptuously furnished penthouse and high-rolling lifestyle, he decided to trade it all in (at least temporarily) for a cabin he had built himself in the mountains.
The cabin was essentially just a shack of stacked logs that they steadily add new features to, but essentially all there was a cot, a wood stove, and an iron skillet for his cooking.
However, a robber caught wind of his vacation plans and decided to snoop out where he was staying; hoping perhaps to steal at least some part of his vast wealth.
After some sleuth work, he eventually found out the location and made his trek.
He finally arrived upon the property just as a clear, star-filled night began to fall.
Yet unbeknownst to the robber, the wealthy individual coming back from their evening walk and met up to the man.
“The sky is so beautiful tonight, isn’t it?”
The start of college is supposed to be fun and full of adventure, but this was not the case for one student.
Everything else was fine, but there was one problem…
First week cordiality soon chilled when they realized that their roommate simply was a person who they did not want to be around.
Objectively they were the perfect roommate; their bed was always made, the floor vacuumed, and the bathrooms cleaned regularly (enough).
But perhaps the situation was too “perfect,” there was no fun or excitement, so they decided to switch rooms.
To find another roommate, they took a compatibility test to try and match up their personality with someone of a like mind,
...but unbeknownst to them, their roommate had the same idea.
And when he opened the door to his new room, he saw his old roommate in his new bed.
Taking a break from doing some yard work, they set up a lawn chair to rest before getting back into it.
After a few minutes of relaxation they open their eyes and do a quick glance at the fence, seeing nothing particularly out of place, until they see a cat in the space between the fence post and the half open gate door rolling around and grooming itself just on the other side.
At first, it caught the person off guard just seeing an animal otherwise so close to them without them realizing each other’s presence.
But now the person had a unique advantage over the cat, as they were able to watch this cat in perhaps its truly natural state of nonchalance.
That is, until the cat caught sight of its watcher.
It mimic the startle that the human had; nothing grand, but now having the sense of unwavering and intense alertness to the other entity.
Both creatures stayed staring at each other…
...until they decided to move on.
A new professional knew that writing their signature will be an important part of their business life.
Contracts, plans, invoices, they would all need their special stamp of approval designated by their name written in the special penmanship that only they could authorize.
So they got to work.
An early evening started with a fresh stack of paper and a pot of coffee; interestingly enough at their first go, they wrote out the most gorgeous signature they had ever done, but assuring it was just a fluke, they continued with the repetitions.
It certainly seemed like a fluke, as every signature from the second onwards got worse and worse, until it devolved into illegible chicken scratch.
They were trying to chase that amazing first one done in one fell swoop, and to do that, they wound up tracing the outline, taking as much time as possible to ingrain the motion.
At their first contract signing it was their big moment to shine, but the result was only a slow scraggle of a name barely legible.
A business partner asked about it.
“Is everything alright?”
“I got to be honest with you, I thought you were going to practice your signature, but it seems like you didn’t spend any time on it at all.”
“Well, you should know that I spent the better part of the night practicing something I though would only take me a half hour to get.”
“Why are you going so slow?”
“The first one I did was the best one, but I’ve been trying to replicate it by going line for line.”
“Don’t do that, a signature should be done in one go; one fell swoop.”
“Have the courage to do it right from the beginning.”
A world-traveling tourist decided that France was to be their next destination.
To prepare for the trip, the tourist had in mind to completely immerse themselves in the culture and language.
Classes, courses, textbooks, and guide books were attended and poured over in the 6 months before the trip; giving the traveler a good basis to blend in with the locals as seamlessly as possible.
But they were taken aback when they arrived to see the McDonalds’s, KFC’s, and the Starbucks’s strewn amongst the traditional sites.
They asked a university student coming out of the Starbucks,
“You are the world’s capital for the cuisine, the arts, and the aesthetics that make France “France”...
...why would you choose to soil it with these American corporations?”
“Well, our culture will always be there for us to enjoy, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy someone else’s culture.”