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        Discovering how far we can reach is an unknown until we actually get out there with the opportunity of finding ourselves.

        For me, it was a zigzag trip. I moved from Ohio to the California desert, then to San Francisco to study Zen. After 19 months at Zen Center I moved to Berkeley to finish college. Originally, the plans were for me to study technical writing, but by a serendipitous turn I discovered computers. I was years older than my classmates, most of whom were into programming at some level; many were at the wizard level by their freshman year. Being so far behind my classmates meant having to work doubly hard, yet it wasn't as much burden as a challenge.

        Of course college was only the starting gate. After graduation came many more chances for self-determination: competing for jobs, and the rest of the journey--marriage, family, learning ways of turning toward the sun whenever possible.

        Every stage revealed a deeper, fuller appreciation of challenge.





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