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dallasclayton Two people,
sitting here today
looking at each other
from across the table.
One whose life began perfectly
and she got what she wanted
when she asked
and she never fell
and she never cried
and everyone said
she was a gifted angel
with evenly gilded wings.
The other began life like a storm,
scraped and cobbled together
from the bits of leftover problems
her parents couldn’t seem to shake.
She fell so far down the well
she could no longer see the light of the sun.
She cried until her voice cracked
but nobody said anything
because they couldn’t even hear her at all.

Two people
sitting here today
looking at each other
from across the table.
Each with a different story
about how she arrived at this moment.
Each searching for answers.
Each trying to be better.
Each with love to give
5h

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dallasclayton The monster project is a rad charity that asks elementary school students to draw monsters and then asks artists to do their own versions of those monsters and then shares the monsters with the kids! It's all about creativity and imagination and sharing! You can check out more at gomonsterproject.com . Above is my attempt at covering the work of a marvelous child , as is usually the case, the remake pales in comparison to the original. 10h

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dallasclayton Color color color 14h

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dallasclayton Shooting something fun with my friends @buzzfeed 19h

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dallasclayton Monday morning 21h

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dallasclayton Distance 1d

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dallasclayton Spirit guides 2d

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dallasclayton Take something that’s broken
and try to fix it.
Don’t get overwhelmed.
Start with something small
like the thread of busted seam,
or the knobs on an old radio.
Maybe something that you’re not even sure how to fix.
Open up your tool kit
and give your house a once over.
I’m sure you’ve got something that could be working better
and if not, what’s going on down the street-
A crack in the sidewalk?
A hole in the fence?
Have you ever mended a fence before?
Give it what you can,
when you can
and use it as an excuse to learn more
about fixing things.
Once all the small things around you
get patched up
and put right,
set your sights on learning how to fix bigger problems
like an abandoned car that’s lost its will,
or a relationship that doesn’t want to give back,
or a community where no one seems to know each other anymore.
They might not be as easy to stitch up as a busted seam
but if you aren’t willing to get out there and try,
who is?
2d

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dallasclayton Lily the Unicorn fully endorses this Lily tattoo! Thanks for sharing @christiegee . Email your address and I'll send you something cool! 2d

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dallasclayton Project. 3d

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dallasclayton Talk 3d

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dallasclayton There are colors we can't see, and sounds we can't hear. And sometimes when we are sleeping or busy at work, they get together and share all sorts of secrets about us. 3d

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dallasclayton Magic dinosaur Saturday 3d

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dallasclayton Like sun through the shadows 4d

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dallasclayton You can’t be an explorer anymore.
Not the way it used to go down -
just being the bravest guy in the room
with a machete and a hat and a desire to walk
long distances across places no one had ever been
(except the native populations
that had been living there comfortably for centuries). You can’t discover Nebraska anymore.
We’ve scared off all the dangerous animals
killed them up
or pushed them to the hills
and you’ve got satellite phone pictures
all the while pointing you in the right direction.

You can’t be an explorer anymore,
unless you really want to get lost
far underground or deep in the sea.
The easy work’s already been carved out.
They’ve already written their names on the mountains.

You don’t need to be an explorer anymore.
We’ve got plenty of space already
to entertain ourselves
with big scary ideas
like “what if new animals came to get us”
and “how would we fight them off.”
We’ve had plenty of time to arm ourselves
with weapons from the future,
and muscles that you couldn’t get from god,
and predictive dramatic enactments
of how to use them
to fight honorably and to the death.
There’s no need for explorers
just imaginers
protectors
defenders of what we already own.
You can’t be an explorer anymore
unless you really want to
unless you feel it in you heart
and you stop all this thinking
about how all those other guys already saw things
for the very first time
way back before you were born
and what it all looked like to them.
Unless you stop caring about who owns what
and why someone would ever want to write his name on a mountain
and start wondering what it would be like
to go out into the darkness
and get so totally lost
that you never find your way back
and maybe
just maybe
you never want to.
4d

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dallasclayton Finish strong 4d

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dallasclayton You decide... then you write the film. My work here is done. 4d

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dallasclayton Keep sharp
as you slog
through the muck of the swamp
and be wary
of those who promise
you great fortune
yet ask of you little investment
for one day
you might find yourself
the alligator
at the theme park
happy in the cool
of the muddy water
fat with the regular servings
of delicious meats
yet unaware that your job
is to be wrestled into submission
day after day
by a man whose name you do not know
to the delight of cheering tourists
whose objective
you just can’t seem to understand.
5d

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dallasclayton Draw a picture
of the thing you love the most
and beneath it write a small description
of how and why.

Take that picture and make fifty copies
the size of business cards,
cut them out and put them in your wallet.

Each time you meet someone,
instead of giving them your phone number
give them this card.

Once the first fifty are gone,
make fifty more.

Change the picture and the description
as often as needed.

Repeat until you’ve met everyone on earth.
5d

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dallasclayton Trivia 5d

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