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  • I read the story "Looking Down" by Nils Vermeire. I like stories like this, stories that make me think about things. Here's what I thought. 99% of our bodies move through time and space in the medium of air -only the soles of our feet touch the ground.

    This was the premise for a long ago story I wrote about a man who believed he could fly. The man becomes so convinced of this that he climbs to the top of a very high building and walks out to the ledge, where he stands ready, perched on the precipice. Emergency vehicles and flashing lights beneath him, a crowd of onlookers gather. Police with megaphones try to talk him down. They think he's crazy - certianly he must be crazy to believe that he can fly.

    It's not so much they fear I will fall, he thinks, but more so they fear I will fly. This is his last thought as he swan dives into the air, even as police are rushing towards him to prevent his fall, and then, to the amazement of all the earth-bound folks below, he rises, higher and higher, flying off through the impossibly blue sky. They all watch until he becomes just a dot on the far horizon.

    Remember that only the soles of your feet connect to the earth as you fly through your life today.
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