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One of the pleasures my brother and I shared growing up was taking our kites up the hill to the elementary schoolís playground. There was plenty of running space to get them flying, no power lines and usually a better wind blowing.

Kite flying is an art that takes patience, perseverance and a willingness to keep trying again and again when you canít seem to get off the ground. We suffered tears that we mended with tape, tails that were dragged off when our kites skidded across the rocky playground at speeds similar to that of a 747 coming in for a landing. Then there were the endless fingers cut painfully on the string that wanted to play out faster than we could hold back as our kites decided to ride the updraft, escalating to places unknown. Yes, those were the days.

Much of the time life reminds me of those colorful kites soaring and dipping through everyday turmoil. At times we feel we may never get off the ground. As we keep spinning and crashing, it can be frustrating and scary. If we are lucky, we have someone who loves us and picks us up out of the dirt, patching us up and helping us get started again. Many times we take off with the wind, only to go into a tailspin and come crashing down. Life can be painful, to say the least.

Unlike the kite, however, we have a will of our own and can control our destinies to a point. When we hit the ground with the problems and disappointments in life, we have a choice to lay there wounded and broken or we can get up, brush ourselves off and meet life head on. Many of the crashes we suffer are brought on by bad choices and impulses acted upon without considering the reverbations they will have on our lives. Everyone goes through these at some point in his or her lives. The important thing is, do not let past mistakes govern our futures. A wise saying is, "Itís not how many times you fall that counts, but how many times you get up.Ē

Life can be like a kite: dipping, crashing and finally soaring to places we only envision going. Never give up. Keep running and keep your eyes on the higher goals and you to will soar on the wind.

Jane Alexander

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