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Second Innocence by John B. Izzo

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16 My First Funeral

There is a Chinese proverb: “The one who plants the tree rarely enjoys its shade.” I have shared that saying with thousands of people over the years and it seems to strike a chord. Maybe it hits home with us because we spend so much time planting trees and so little time sitting in the shade, maybe it hits home because we rarely feel we see the results of our work. Or maybe, just maybe, it is an expression of our deepest hopes, that part of us which is still innocent and idealistic, that believes one day all of our work will bear fruit and the world will be a better place because of something we did. If we are to reclaim our innocence, we must rediscover our faith in seeds, our belief in the power of something to grow ...

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