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Presence by Absence

Many times, we measure things by the known quantities that are present in our lives.

There are 78 toy dinosaurs in a jar. My friend has two dogs. There is a squirrel in my backyard that keeps burying nuts in my garden regardless of my frustration.

But sometimes the most crucial things in life we measure by their absence.

We don’t really think about air until there isn’t enough to breathe. We don’t really think about water until the tap runs brown or stops. We don’t really think about trust until someone has broken ours. 

We often take for granted the most important things in life since they’re a default part of life. We need air and water to survive, and trust is the crucial component of any functioning society.

What else in your life would greatly impact you if it was gone? What’s stopping you from making sure you won’t lose it?

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