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They carry the scars to prove it,

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which like all living creatures,

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makes them beyond beautiful.

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Despite the fires of time,

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they thrive.

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Thank you Jim for giving perspective once again.

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From the living ancient ones,

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and the ones who eventually succumb.

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There is always new life waiting to reach the sky!

Happy New Year to you and may you hold the resilience of the Sequoias always in your heart.

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