NarcissusI was but the echoOf the shadowOf a man.The rain had fallen,And the echoWas no more.The night had risen,And the shadowWas no more.The river had swollen,And the fellowWas no more.I was but the echoOf the echoOf the shadowOf that man.
The QuestionEach of us finds himself, one day, maybe several times, further and further, scratched by the hidden power of this question, incidentally not knowing what's going on. At times of grand distress for instance, when things lose their consistence and every meaning falls into obscurity, the question emerges. Maybe it only touched us once, like the dampened ringing of a bell seeping in our existence and then fading gradually. Martin Heidegger, Einführung in die Metaphysik, 1935Chapter I (personal translation from German)I was standing there, in my kitchen, a kettle boiling water, steam bubbling its way out of this liquid chaos in a trembling noise, in the gloom obscurity of a March evening. I was standing there, still. I was motionless, absorbing the repeating image before my eyes, the uniform sound, the mellow atmosphere, the unmoving scenario. Then it hit me. A sudden, intense, deep, unshakable feeling of being present. Being present, being there, in the ver
3amI opened my eyes.Where is your shadow?Where are your arms?It is dark, it is cold,And in the silenceI shake
Meet KatieWell, er, hello I guess, that's what people say, right? Haha! Hello then! So, er, I'm Katie, I mean, Katie Sylvester, nice to meet you. I must say, I don't really know what I'm doing here, well I mean I took the bus haha but I mean, you're a doctor or something, and I'm not sick. I'm not in pain, I'm not anxious, I'm not... depressed, I'm alright, really! I just had a cold last week, but my GP said I should see you. It's crazy right? But I'm a nice girl so here I am, because he said I should come, but I don't really expect anything haha. So... I don't know how it works... I guess I talk about myself right? Alright. Well, er, I'm Katie Sylvester, I already said that haha, I'm a teacher in high school, well not really haha! because I'm not employed at the moment, but I mean, that's the job I'm looking for but I mean I have a degree, I really do, a degree in Physics. I really like science, I watch a lot of those emissions on the telly haha! and well I read books. I really love books. That
Meet JulianI was feeling really good! It hadn't happened in a long long time... I ate so much that day, but I still felt handsome! But then, I understood. I knew I had an incurable disease, I knew I was going to die at the end of the week, and I knew someone had prepared a trip for me to live my last hours. I walked in the city... unknown streets, I was lost. Even there, posters to remind me that I've got AIDS... I walked into a park, there was someone telling me my parents are safe, home... Then I walked back to the campus. People were looking at me, everybody looked so sad, but they smiled at me. Then I went to the train station... I entered the train, but I forgot to take a ticket, no one asked for it. In the train I could see all the history of my life, sliding, images in front of me... other people stare at me, they are feeling so good, they have ideal faces. Then the train arrived, I walked out of it and I followed the look of people, I don't remember, I went into many places... I tried to
Give and TakeGive.Give first.Give when it is most unexpected.Give a smile. Take your time.Give something unique.Give something personal.Give something personalized.Give a compliment. Take your time.Give willingly.Give sincerely.Give selflessly.Give time. Take to giving.