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  • We are all like rubber bands, being stretched to our elastic limits, and this may seem at times like the end is near. Yet unlike a simple rubber band we all seem to possess a regenerative ability to regain our elasticity after countless tests of our elastic limits. In short, we won't break easily. We fight on, stretching and snapping back, year after year.

    This regenerative process may be defined by sleep, conversation, positive feedback, games or play. It is one of our great mysteries. Somehow or another we get up everyday to be tested to this limit line which must not be crossed.

    It is in this "elastic limit" state that I seem to spend most of my time. I cannot remember the last time I enjoyed the emotion of a "positive recoil." As if with fingers, arms, legs and toes outstretched into space, we are beat upon like a drum, "dum, tum, dum, tum."

    I fear I have no idea what happens when this limit is crossed but I suppose some of us have had the misfortune of having crossed this line or possibly worse, being near someone experiencing a "full snap" event.

    Body Builders and weight lifters illustrate the physical capabilities of our bodies but I believe the true Hercules out in our midst perform without much fanfare or reward. They, like us, just trudge along life's path.
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