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Bird of the Soul Hardcover – April 10, 2014
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Jisu Han has created illustrations for various children books, adult fables, and inspirational books. All of her illustrations are hand painted using various media. She dreams a world of where all life forms dance together in oneness and desires to express that world in her illustrations.
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He got a job, married a wife, and they had a child.
Now he had so many things to take care of!
Like all the other grownups, he talked more of
being busy than of being happy.
He completely forgot about the little bird
singing beautiful songs in his heart.
Jay didn't smile though the breeze tickled his face;
His heart didn't flutter when winter changed to spring;
And even when he gazed at the stars twinkling in the night sky
His mind no longer became huge and filled with wonder.
Jay was unhappy. Everything in his life felt heavy and hard. And the unhappier he got, the more the bird of his soul lost power. With its wounded wings folded away, it could no longer fly.
"Come back to me, Jay."
The bird wept in longing.
"Remember me, Jay."
Every time his bird cried, a small hole appeared in Jay's heart.
The bird's tears didn't stop, and the hole kept getting bigger.
Jay couldn't fill that empty space with anything.
Nothing brought him joy.
No one could make him happy.
He felt he had lost something very precious.
But what was it? He had no idea.
One day he asked a friend,
"Have you ever thought that there must be something more to life?"
Patting him on the shoulder, his friend replied, "If you have people who love you and plenty to eat, isn't that enough?
You have a strong, healthy child and a wonderful wife.
What more is there to search for? You have a good life.
Isn't it better to be satisfied with what you have now, than to desire something new that you may never achieve?
It's risky to have hopes and dreams without any guarantees."
Jay thought his friend might be right. Yet he frequently woke up in the middle of the night, staring at the ceiling, tossing and turning, unable to sleep.
One night, Jay had a dream. In his dream he was walking, walking, walking
Without any rest. But it was strange:
No matter how much he walked, the scenery never changed. On both sides, he kept seeing only the same houses and trees. He'd been walking in place! Working hard but going nowhere,
Like running on a treadmill.
Jay woke from his dream.
The gaping hole in his heart hurt him.
It felt like sadness and like longing.
The pain was so great it was hard to breathe.
Something hot rose out of his chest, and he found himself crying,
Tears rolling down his cheeks.
Jay was confused, and he couldn't hold back the tears.
Then he heard a faint voice coming from somewhere.
"It's all right. It's OK. Remember–
You have me. I am here."
- ASIN : 1935127683
- Publisher : Best Life Media; Har/Com edition (April 10, 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781935127680
- ISBN-13 : 978-1935127680
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.25 x 0.44 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #384,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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