The merest accident of microgeography had meant that the first man to hear the voice of Om, and who gave Om his view of humans, was a shepherd and not a goatherd. They have quite different ways of looking at the world, and the whole of history might have been different. For sheep are stupid, and have to be driven. But goats are intelligent, and need to be led.
“'Back in the day, Jake, you made more heavy decisions than any ten men would have to in a hundred lifetimes. You made life-and-death calls. You got us up to our butts in alligators, and you got us back out. And, sorry, but it’s not what people think, that you were some kind of military genius. I’m better at tactics than you are.’
<And humble, too,> Tobias muttered.
‘It’s true, and Jake knows it,’ I shot back. 'Jake, you won because you didn’t scare. You didn’t panic, you didn’t scare, and you didn’t play a part or strike poses wondering what history would think. You made the right calls without regard to all that. But then, when the shooting was all over, you started questioning everything you did. You armchair quarterbacked your entire life and decided you made mistakes. Well, no kidding. Surprise: You’re not a god.’
Jake nodded. 'This time I won’t make mistakes.’
'Don’t tell me that,’ I said. 'You want a zero-screwup fight?’
'I got Rachel killed. Wouldn’t you like me to keep that from happening to you?’
'Yeah, I really would. But you start thinking that way, and that’s when you’ll get me killed. You have to trust your instincts, not your doubts. I’ll trust my life to your instincts. If we’re fighting again you have to be able to make the same kind of crazy, reckless, ruthless decisions you made before. We beat an empire, my friend, the six of us, and we did it in large part because you didn’t know any better than to trust your own instincts.'”
- Book #54: The Beginning (Marco), pg. 135 (by K.A. Applegate)
Don’t just read these verses. Read them and remember them. Remember them when something doesn’t go your way. Remember it when you want something big to happen. Remember them when you want to get into a relationship, and remember them when you get out of one. Remember them when you’re looking for jobs. Remember then when you’re looking for somewhere to live. Remember that God is taking care of you, He'a directing you to where you ought to go, but you’ve got to be willing to look for Him in order for everything to work out.
“I stopped walking. I looked at Jake. ‘How do you do this? How do you make decisions that may get people killed? How do you live with that?’
'It’s a war,’ he said. 'We do what we have to do because we’re forced to do it, right? Someday it will all be over. Someday the Andalites will come. Or the Yeerks will decide we’re not worth it. Someday we’ll win.’
'Maybe. But how do you make decisions that get your friends hurt? That maybe someday will get us killed? How do you keep it from getting inside your head and just eating away at you?’
Then I saw something strange on his face. For just a fleeting moment it was the face of a terrified kid on the edge of tears. It shocked me. I knew what I was seeing. It was my face when I’d realized the old man had died. My face when I thought I’d lost Cassie forever.
But then the mask came down. And he was Jake again. 'I don’t think about it,’ he lied.”
- Book #37: The Weakness (Rachel), pg. 128 (by K.A. Applegate)
“Marco smiled. An actual, nonmocking smile, which is rare for him. ‘I remember back when you didn’t want to have to make all the big decisions.’
'I still don’t want to make them,’ I said. 'But someone has to, right?’
'Yep.’ He nodded.
'I just want to get back to a life someday where I don’t have to make decisions that might get people killed.’
'Do you?’ Now Marco’s smile was definitely of the mocking variety. 'You really think someday we can all go back to being regular kids? You think after being the leader of the Animorphs you can go back to being Joe Average Student?’
'Yes, I do.’ I said it forcefully. I meant it.”
- Book #16: The Warning (Jake), pg. 24 (by K.A. Applegate)
Through the Train Tunnel by frazierphotography
The afternoon light reflected off the train rails as I walked this old stretch of track.
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