Crystal Clear

February 28, 2011
By elizabethlarsen121 SILVER, Iowa City, Iowa
elizabethlarsen121 SILVER, Iowa City, Iowa
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A couple of hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success. Never leave that till tomorrow, he said, which you can do today. This is the man who discovered electricity. You think more people would listen to what he had to say. I don't know why we put things off, but if I had to guess, I'd have to say it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, sometimes the fear is just of making a decision, because what if you're wrong? What if you're making a mistake you can't undo? The early bird catches the worm. A stitch in time saves nine. He who hesitates is lost. We can't pretend we hadn't been told. We've all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still sometimes we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today's possibility under tomorrow's rug until we can't anymore. Until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin really meant. That knowing is better than wondering, that waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beat the hell out of never trying.

It is crystal clear to me that you are something special.
The way you understand is something that can never be taught.
Never taught.
And that is why it is crystal clear.

The curve of your knees, contracted muscles, gleaming under the bright fluorescent lights.
The perfectly straight line from the tips of your tiny fingers to the bottoms of your pointed toes, barely bigger than a baby’s.
The definition of your body, so rare for a child in elementary school, that comes with training hours a day.
This cannot be bought.
Never bought.
And that is why it is crystal clear.

The way your legs effortlessly fly into beautiful shapes.
Your ability to master tricks in mere hours that take others years
And the determination that you work with.
Never stopping to question.
The drive in your tiny head
No room for fear, only excitement.
A truly unlimited capacity to learn.
Only a precious few are graced with this mentality.
Only a precious few.
And that is why it is crystal clear.

While others may overlook you, concealed in your tiny, graceful body, and the gift hidden inside, not me.
Not me.
Your talent cannot hide from me.
To me it is crystal clear.

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