You wanna be Atlas for a change?

I spent much of the weekend stewing over something that really bothered me.  I was pretty mad, actually.  I won’t tell you what happened, but here’s a cryptic analogy for you to ponder.  You’re Atlas, holding up the Earth because you were told to hold up the Earth.  Then someone tells you should actually be tending to Mars because Mars comes before Earth and you really aren’t good enough until you go to Mars, even though you were never, ever given a rocket ship flight to Mars.  Meanwhile, the one who tells you this takes off for the Sun on a rocket ship launched from Earth and then exiles you on Mars, leaving you far behind and drifting in outer space.  So what do you do?  Drop everything and tend to Mars instead…as soon as you can get a hold of a rocket ship.

Lesson to ponder:  Don’t use others as a launching pad and exile them.  You may believe that you’re isolated because you’ve moved on to the Sun.  Once you’re long gone, your legacy will remain and will be recounted to the Stars who follow.

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Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at or contact him by e-mail at or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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  1. Bob's Gravatar Bob
    March 20, 2006    

    Man, that’s pretty far over my head, but…umm… I hope it’s not about me standing you up for dinner Sunday night?

  2. JESSICA's Gravatar JESSICA
    March 20, 2006    

    That was a profound analogy…. hope it is all better for you now…by the way… I love your space!!!

  3. Editfish's Gravatar Editfish
    March 20, 2006    

    Mars or Earth, you’re still in orbit around the Sun…can you hold your breath ’till you return from exile?

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