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He Has A House.

by Vaishali , author of Wisdom Rising and You Are What You Love .

One morning as I was running along the beach, I saw this semi-homeless man.  He had dug a large hole that cut him off at the knees when he stood in it.  The locals had assured me that the man was harmless, and there was no need to be afraid of him. I noticed he had a long stick, and he was drawing something in the sand. Curiosity got the best of me. I decided to stop by and see what he was so busy creating.  Upon approaching I introduced myself. The man looked up and smiled warmly.  He had been absorbed in the task of drawing stick figures with the greatest of concentration.  I did not wish to appear rude, so I pointed at one of the stick figures and complimented him on how realistic his drawing looked.  The man proudly smiled and informed me this was a portrait of his brother.  Then the smile slowly faded and the man shook his head sadly and said, “It’s too bad about my brother.”  “What happened to him?” I inquired gently.  “He has a house” came the simple answer.  “He has a house?” I repeated, not sure I was following the line of tragedy. “Yes,” the man replied thoughtfully. “My brother and I used to do things together and go places. Then he got a house, and now the house needs him to do things.  He does not do things with me anymore, because he has to do things for the house, and he cannot go anywhere with me because the house has him.” The man continued to shake his head sadly. “I will not go into houses,” he said with resolve. “Because once you go inside… that’s it… the house has you! It will always need something, and that’s how ‘it’ gets you.”


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