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Mixed Up at Birth

Writing Exercise – Shorty Story (04/26)

Every morning he wakes up and offers himself as a minion of one amongst the many disjecta membra of society. It was impressed upon him that to become more useful he must remember his own fallibility. He must humble himself and proffer himself for the use of the higher Universe. Then once he has been made useful he must tell no one. He should thank the Universe for working through him.

He has completed this practice for years. Has it made him a better human being? Did he need to be better? He questions these things occasionally. The line between acceptance for who he is and the expectation that is felt to grow. Do both, someone would probably say, accept and grow. The two seem like contradictory things. There are many contradictory things in life it seems. They call it a paradox. For some reason that word always makes him think of bizarro world, Htrae, or alternate universes. In fact, he realizes, he has lived a bizarro life ever since the day he got sober. A life where he must do the opposite of what he is thinking. Where he is and must be the opposite of who he was. Perhaps he was born on the wrong planet and is now forced to consciously do the opposite because here on this planet everything he was born to innately do does not work in this society. Perhaps that is what all addicts are, mixed up at birth accidents. He chuckled with this thought as he poured himself a strong cup of coffee before settling down to start work for the day.

Words of the day:

  • minion is someone who is not powerful or important and who obeys the orders of a powerful leader or boss.
  • disjecta membra – scattered members; disjointed portions or parts.
  • fallibility – the tendency to make mistakes or be wrong.
  • Proffer – hold out (something) to someone for acceptance; offer.

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