An interesting perspective on survival from a kids book

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oddsbeater
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   Posted 2/23/2005 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Tonight I was reading Dogsong by Gary Paulsen (just a book my students read - on about the 5th grade level when I came upon a passage that helped keep things in perspective . . .
 
"Yet the fear was gone. The fear had come from the unknown, from not acting, and now that he had made a decision to act the fear had gone. He might not make it, ...,but he would not die with fear. he would die working not to die."  . . ."The thing with dying was not to try not to die and make death take you with surprise. And with the end of fear came a feeling of strength."
 
What a powerful statement from a book for kids.  Reinforced some will in this adult.
 
Love - Jackie - bandlady

oddsbeater
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   Posted 2/23/2005 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Quick correction . . "the thing with dying was to try not to die . . ."

sdearing
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   Posted 2/24/2005 5:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Jackie. WOW That is powerful! Thanks for sharing, I have printed it off so I will have it when I need it or feel the need to share it.

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   Posted 2/24/2005 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Very powerful Jackie.  I always had a greater fear of the unknown than once you "give it a name".  Once the unknown no longer holds you in its fear I find it easier to pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again. 
 
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gma
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   Posted 2/24/2005 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow those are powerful words for a child to comprehend. If they impact them at this young age, think of the power they will have throughout their lives. I will see if I can find the book to read to my grandchildren. Thanks for sharing. Hugs MK

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