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  • Today I am someone different.
    Today I have finally become
    who I really am.

    C. Joy Bell C.

    How does a snake
    know when it’s time
    to shed its skin?
    Does it itch a bit,
    feel tight?
    Or does the old
    just slip away?

    And you, are you ready
    to shed an old skin,
    an old outgrown life?
    If so, how do you know?
    Is there a yearning
    to be born again,
    become all new?

    Is it time to let
    the old life go,
    a life in which you feel
    constrained? A life
    no longer yours?

    Snakes teach us
    that when it’s time
    for new skin,
    old skin slips away.
    The snake has grown,
    the skin has not.

    When it's time to shed,
    a life we led,
    If we keep moving,
    moving on,
    we may not
    even notice,
    when it is gone.

    (Photograph by Alex in the Grand Canyon, in the 3-D virtual world of Second Life)
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