We must stand quietly, look as far off and as deep inside as the moment allows, listen for the hum of the earth until we see and hear between the ever-presence of Paradox. Be thankful for Blue Bell, bluebonnets, and Bob Buford. We all have a gift. Know yours, accept it, use it, and keep it personal. This may put you a step or two to the left or the right of center, but you will know yourself, and you will love yourself. Repeat this every day, and we will all be better off.

Surls, a native of East Texas, is an artist who does drawings and makes sculpture.

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