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February 4, 2003
Peel it back like layers of an onion or petals from a flower. You’ll find that the soft, supple core can either reek with a foul odor or emit a pleasing perfume. If you’re willing to take the chance of encountering the former, I suggest you start by sloughing off some of the outer layer of dead skin, resentment, jaded ambition and neglect. There’s a nice shine under there. But that too can be deceiving. Look at it carefully. Does it emanate from within or is it merely a means of reflecting all that you give off back at you?