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  • When things go badly as they inevitably do in life, and I don't know which way to turn, who to talk to, who to believe and where to go, I find a stone. Stones have been around a while and like the sea are all filled with memories, reflections, experiences - both good and bad. You can tell a stone anything and it will absorb it to itself, it wont judge you or answer back, or say what I dread when I talk to a person; "can I just play devil's advocate?". The stone will listen, and some of them, although this is rare, will give you a tiny nod of acknowledgement. Some will listen with a straight face at your most foolish of trials and tribulations and some will make you laugh, purely from allowing yourself to share a problem. Some will just face you head on and make you think about what you have just said and most will stop you making that hasty decision, stop you telling a true loved one you hate them and stop you making the biggest mistakes of your life.
    Sometimes the lift from your shoulders will be ever so slight, but it will be there. Once you have told the stone your worry, throw it as far as you can. Note: if you are in a public place, please avoid small children, animals and the public at large. Watch the stone sail through the air, and watch it land. Leave it there. It will take your burden and your troubles with it. You can then turn your back on the stone, safe in the knowledge that afterwards, your day will get just that little bit better.
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