Spirituality and the Lantern Carrier

Lantern to light the way ~

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World of war and strife ~

In this world of war and strife, spirituality and the Lantern Carrier are much needed. Are you a Lantern Carrier, or do you know one?

Lantern Carriers spread light and love, wherever their calling takes them. Whether it is by physical travel or on a spiritual journey, a Lantern Carrier helps others to open their eyes to what is happening in the world today -- and how we can stand up to save Mother Earth from those in control who are determined to destroy all the beauty in it for their own benefit and power.

Who is a Lantern Carrier? They are a special breed of people of any faith, religion, or belief system. Their special meeting place is in the heart of humanity, in the spirit of Mother Earth, and among their brothers and sisters world-wide. Sometimes a few may gather in one place and when they do, it is like being in a joyful, peaceful home where harmony and balance reign.

A Lantern Carrier is one who stands up for those who are too weak to help themselves. When one is given love, light, and hope, it enables them to stand stronger and have faith in themselves.

If we could stand up for ourselves, for our families, friends, and communities there is much we can do to make our world a better place to live in. We put people in office to do what is right for the people and something gets twisted around along the way. It is like the world is upside down -- is it not the people the leaders are supposed to be working for? Do the people even matter anymore? Are our voices no longer heard?

Many may think that it is impossible to live in a world of peace and love. Yet it can be started. It starts with one person who carries a lantern of light to someone in the wilderness of life. A cry in the wilderness is heard and a Lantern Carrier responds. Another light is lit, another person is helped to their feet, and then there are two to carry on that light.

From one Lantern Carrier, one tiny flicker of light, if fed properly, can become a bonfire of humanity's desire for peace and a Beautiful Flow of Spirit.

Spread the light ~

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Lantern Carrier ~

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Stand together ~

Someone once told me that I am naive to think that the peoples of different nations, cultures, traditions, can stand together as brothers and sisters to bring about peace.

Am I naive? I do not think so. I have a dream about world peace and I do not think I am unique in that thought. No achievement has ever been made without first having a dream -- and I believe there are many times many people out there who have this same dream. We just have to light a lantern and let that light and dream shine forth and multiply!

We must not be afraid to speak out and express our thoughts and hopes for a better world. Silence on these hopes will only leave room for the negative and power hungry people to be heard and followed. Follow your heart, not a dictator.

If you can dream it, do it.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are not puppets ~

We were not meant to be puppets on tight strings. We are individuals with our own thoughts and needs. A Lantern Carrier sees and accepts a person for who they are and acts accordingly. We should never expect someone to be other than they are.

We know what our families and communities need and we want our leaders to listen to us and put our money to work for the people, not for the leaders and for wars we did not ask for.

Why must our money and our defensive support be spent on useless endeavors? All countries have the same issues, the spiritual and personal needs of the people, yet the safety and needs of their own people seem to come last.

If the leaders we put in office cannot keep a lit lantern in their windows for the needs of their own people, then we need to stand on our own feet and light our own lanterns -- which is better than just hoping that our leaders will take care of our needs.

Before we even enter a voting booth we should make darn sure we studied and are aware of what, or who, is best for the people.

"A mermaid found a swimming lad,

Picked him for her own,

Pressed her body to his body,

Laughed and plunging down

Forgot in cruel happiness

That even lovers drown."

— William Butler Yeats

Keep a light in your window ~

Let your light shine.
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Spirituality and Eternal Peace ~

It is our own spirituality, whatever path one chooses, that will save us. We all will eventually go to the same place, we may have different messengers, but there is only one destination: eternal peace.

It is not impossible to begin World Peace and to see it come to pass. It all starts with one person, one lantern. It may have started many many years ago by just one lone person who decided he/she had had enough. Well, that one little lantern was lit and it has reached more people and more lanterns. If it reaches you keep it lit and you can reach others to help that light, that bonfire to grow.

A Lantern Carrier is an asset to this world and strives to help others open to their own heart and follow their intended path. A Lantern Carrier is alone, yet not alone -- for, within is the spiritual guidance of a higher force. The light is within each of us. We are children of the Universe and the need and desire for peace and harmony is in the hearts of all the people, regardless of which country they live in, or what faith they believe in.

Spiritual awakening ~

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Mahatma Gandhi ~

Mahatma Gandhi was a meek and small man - yet he had the courage to speak out for World Peace. He may have been small in stature, but he was powerful in faith and the ability to inspire. This profound inner power of his reached out to millions of people.

Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Ghandi was a message himself for Love, Peace and Harmony. His way of life was inspiration for a new way of life for all of mankind.

There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no cause that I am prepared to kill for.

— Mahatma Gandhi

How simple yet powerful his teachings were. There are many more heroes like him in this world who carry Light to help others along the way.

Mahatma Gandhi ~

Mahatma Gandi, c. 1930s
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Riches not of this world ~

A Lantern Carrier is one to help the old, the tired, the hungry, the weak, and other lost souls of humanity. His or her life is not easy, nor is it filled with wealth and riches untold of material value. The riches are not of this world -- they are riches of the heart and soul, of the spirit that ever learns and grows. When a lonely, lost soul has been helped, the joy of one who has found Peace, the Light in their eyes when they have found their truths -- these are the treasures of wealth, when there is a spiritual awakening.

He or she hears a cry in the wilderness, a spiritual call for help and journeys to follow the sound of weeping. From a deep dark pit the the cry is heard, the anguish, the pain and the helper reaches down to lend a hand to one who is lost in a self-created hell. The helper does not seek glory, nor will he or she be glorified in life. A Lantern Carrier is as human as you and I, for we are the helpers if we open our hearts to it. We shed tears of joy, or tears of sorrow for others -- we feel their pain, their joys and we heal with the gift the Creator has given us.

He or she does not seek praise or expects thanks. If one gives thanks for spiritual help, the reply, "Don't thank me! It comes through me, not of me."

When others of strong belief that differs come for knowledge, they does not turned away. We hold on to the hand that reaches out and we hear their story, their pain and struggles. We acknowledge and admire their strengths to stand strong in their own beliefs. We judge not, for we each have our own needs, abilities and beliefs. The Lantern Carrier carries with him or her a light that never wavers or dims.

"If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will forever think it is stupid."

— Albert Einstein

A Light in the Window ~

My father was a Lantern Carrier. He was a healer of lost souls and prayed more than anyone I have ever known. He prayed for people he did not even know. He read the news all the time and prayed for people in other countries who were hurting or wronged.

He prayed for the forgotten souls that would have been lost for eternity if someone had not seen their spirits wandering among the halls and grounds of the psychiatric hospital we passed by every Sunday on our drives to the country or to Grandpa and Grandma's house.

He often told me when I was a child to keep my lantern lit, and to always keep a light on in my window. Until I became a Spiritual Coach to help others find their spiritual path in life, I did not really understand what Father meant. Now I know. Thank you, Dad.

Blessing to all who help others.

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Keep a light in the window, my Dad always said ~

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Note from author ~

Several years ago I saw one of the most beautiful things a person can see and it is such a gift to me. Two friends who had gone through so many struggles in life, had many differences of opinions, have in the past bitterly fought (verbally), and turned away from each other, came together in peace.

They helped each other through a trying time, came together in peace and love and have lit so many other lanterns that there must be a bonfire out there somewhere. I cannot express the joy this brings to my heart, to see these two who are dear friends of mine, create such love and support for each other.

Thank you for reading my hub. Your opinions are important to me and let me know your interests. This helps me to offer more of your favorite type articles to read. Your time and interest are very much appreciated. I hope to hear from you in the comments section below.

I write on several different subjects, all evergreen articles. You can read more about me and see more articles I wrote by clicking on my name by the small picture of me at the top right of this page.

Blessings and may you always walk in Peace and Harmony, softly upon Mother Earth, seek your Highest Truths and know when it is time to go into the Silence and listen to the voice of your Soul.

Phyllis Doyle Burns - Lantern Carrier, Spiritual Mentor

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

We can all be "Latern Carriers" of sorts within some area of life. When we lay our agendas aside and work for the common good, then we are lighting the way for others to see the corrupt and misleading ways of others and make their own determinations. For us, the challenge is to trust but verify as some among us will pose as lantern carriers with the premise of improving things only to promote their own aims. We must have trust but we must verify as well. Good piece Phyllis...thanks much for sharing it. WB


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Thanks, Wayne. You have some really good, positive thoughts about working for the common good and lighting the way for others. Yes, I agree, we must have trust. There are those in power who are working for the good of all and to those we should give our trust. Can I vote UP and AWESOME on your comment?


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Hillbilly Zen 4 years ago from Kentucky

This is one of the most beautiful, uplifting pieces I've ever read. Wonderful, Ms. Phyllis. Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Wow! HZ, that is such a lovely comment. Thank you so much, and thanks for the votes, too.

Hope all is well with you. Take care.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

HZ has said it all. Voted up awesome and iteresting.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Writer20 thank you so very much! It is always good to see you here.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I learned something new.. that is really beautiful. Excellent as always!


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Tammy, thanks so much. Your compliments are so appreciated. I think anyone who helps another without any expectations is a lantern carrier. There seems to be a lot right here at HubPages.


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Terry27 4 years ago from The Place Called Love

Wow, Phyllis. I was blown away by the power of your words in this post. I believe that world peace will happen. The world has grown tired of all the lies and corruption that has been going on for years and years. We have the tools to transform our world. We also outnumber the negative elite. Writers, such as you, are bringing vital information to the public. The next step is action.

Thank you for sharing this important post with us, Phyllis.

Terry


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow,.. I really like this.. I learn something new today. You really know what you are talking about...


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Terry, I cannot thank you enough for your message. I always thought to myself: if I can light just one lantern that can light another and another, etc. I would be so happy. Reading what others are saying and agreeing with me about world peace means so much to the world. I know there are so many others who feel the same and all we have to do is gather (in spirit, on the internet, in person) and stand together. Thank you so much for your comments.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Deborah, I am so glad you stopped by to read. The more we can express our thoughts like this, the more people we reach. Thank you so very much.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hello Phyllis, I too have learned something new here and I agree with HZ who has summed up this beautiful hub perfectly.

Best wishes MM


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Aww! thank you so much MM. I love to have you stop by and your comments are so nice. Carry your lantern always.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

I just experienced awhile ago one of the most beautiful things a person can see and it is such a gift to me. Two friends who have gone through so many struggles in life, have had many differences of opinions, have in the past bitterly fought (verbally), and turned away from each other, have come together in peace.

They helped each other through a trying time, came together in peace and love and have lit so many other lanterns that there must be a bonfire out there somewhere. I cannot express the joy this brings to my heart, to see these two who are dear friends of mine, create such love and support for each other.


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TKs view 4 years ago from The Middle Path

Wonderful piece, Phyllis. You are indeed a, "lantern carrier." Happy to have read this. Maybe you should add your last comment to the end of your hub, to make sure everyone sees it. I have no doubt, your belief in a world of peace, helped bring your friends back together.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Thank you, TK, for stopping by and for your comments, your kind words are much appreciated. It is good to see my friends come back together in peace, I think I will add that comment to my hub -- thanks for the suggestion.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Lovely,lovely. Your hub never mentions religious yet has such religious overtones. There is that song, "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine..." Your hub is a perfect example. I do believe, as you do, we can live in peace in this world. My mother also prayed for everyone and I can only hope to someday be as holy and devout as she was. Thanks for the beautiful reminder.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Blessings to you, tillsontitan. Thank you for stopping by and for the lovely comments.I can tell you have much of your mother's goodness in you.

Happy New Year!


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Terry27 4 years ago from The Place Called Love

Hi Phyllis. I just want to let you know that I recommended you on Seek-n-Find's "pay it forward" forum. "Lantern Carriers Spread Light and Love" was absolutely beautiful. More people should know about this amazing hub.

You are welcome to put your recommended Hubbers on there if you like.

Here is the link to the forum:

http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/90916#post1941552


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Light and Love to you Terry. Thank you so much for the referral -- this is so much appreciated. Namahste'


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Lantern Carriers - very interesting and it is quite a comfortable feeling that someone out there is praying for all of us. Your father must have been a great man, very kind hearted and generous. Thanks for sharing this information. This is something new to me. Voted up. Your hubs are really interesting.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Thank you, Vellur. I appreciate your comments very much. My father was a kind-hearted man. Lantern Carriers are only people who care for others, want to see world peace and will stand up for it to spread the word, light, and love.


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epigramman 4 years ago

.....well I carry a lantern for this great piece of writing dear Phyllis and will post it to my Facebook page with a direct link back here in order to spread your spiritual message and life confirming beauty - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 11:39am


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Awww! Epi, you are so kind. Thank you, Dear Heart. Warm wishes and good energies to you, also. Happy Valentine's Day.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

This hub is excellent Phyllis. Lantern carriers are out there anonimously helping their peers. Your words really carry a powerful message for us all. Your dad was wise beyond his time, and you got the message eventually. Thanks Phyllis!


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Joseph, you make my spirit soar! You are a dear soul. Thank you ever so much, my friend.


carlattata 2 years ago

Thank you for making me feel I am on the right track :)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Keep your lantern always lit, carlattata. Thank you for stopping by.


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CatherineGiordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

What a lovely metaphor. I do try to be a lantern carrier. Voted up. Many of my hubs like the ones about apologizing, forgiveness, and happiness are written in the hopes of being an inspiration to others. I'm just a newbie on HP, but I get great satisfaction from writing these hubs.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Catherine. Writing inspirational hubs is a great way to reach out and be a Lantern Carrier. Thank you for reading and commenting.


Michael wauschek 2 years ago

when I read your page I was in tear I am Lantern Carrier but I dnt now are these lantern carrier or something I also carrier a long thin stick at the end is a lanter also I have wrote at the end of it is a light & a fishing pole samething at the end of the line is a light I can make a bonfire it heal people calmish open mine


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hello Michael. Nice to meet you. Thank you very much for reading and commenting.


Michael wauschek 2 years ago

show what I type is the samething like understand the same name or different if show what are the name please thanks


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

I believe I understand what you are saying, Michael. Your lantern shines a light forth to those who need help in finding their spiritual way. The fishing pole is symbolic of the Fisherman fishing for souls who have lost their way. You build a bonfire to call to those who need help and you open them to their own Self and their healing spiritual path in life. You are a healer, a Lantern Carrier. I am happy to meet you and to know there are others who reach out to help heal lost souls. Blessings to you, Michael.


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MHiggins 22 months ago from Michigan

Excellent hub with an excellent message! I used to do repairs in lighthouses some years ago and had several of these kind of thoughts as I did my work. Lanterns help wary travelers find their way and bring comfort. Thanks for sharing this, Phyllis. Voted up.


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Elsie Hagley 22 months ago from New Zealand

Beautiful article. It would be nice if everyone all around the earth could be lantern carriers and spread the light of love.

I consider myself not too bad for spreading love especially with my family.

I was lucky to receive the spirit from my grandmother as she passed away during the night many years ago.

I was woken up and I knew the exact time she past away as that light shone in the window and floated to me.

No none could understand how I knew, as she lived 200 miles away from my home, but I did, and I can still see that vision as it fills my heart constantly with love and compassion for those in need.

Thanks for writing such a passionate, spiritual, story filled with emotional sympathetic magic.


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Phyllis Doyle 22 months ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Thank you, Michael. I love lighthouses. I always wanted to live in one - they have so much history and nostalgia of days gone by. Hey! I have a poem you might like: Shadowy Dreams - about a lighthouse keeper. Thanks so much for the read, comment, share and votes. I greatly appreciate it.


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Phyllis Doyle 22 months ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Elsie, you are most welcome. I understand fully what you mean and the spiritual experience with your grandmother. Thank you so much for sharing that. And thank you for your very kind words, reading and commenting. I really appreciate it.


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida

O that each one of us would be a Lantern Carrier, Phyllis.

What a kinder gentler lovelier planet we would dwell on.

Well said....and it leaves me with a sense of peace and calm.

Angels are on the way to you this evening bringing more of the same peace and calm to you

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Voted up++++


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Phyllis Doyle 17 months ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Patricia. I am happy this hub gives you a sense of peace and calm. That is the task of a Lantern Carrier, in hopes that it will continue to spread around the world.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Blessings to you and yours.


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sunflowerforests 17 months ago from The light in the forest of doubt.

Yes, I enjoyed this hub. It held my attention all the way through. I do strive to be a light in the forest of doubt. Nice music too. I've had it playing the whole time I read your piece. Very nice experience here.


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Phyllis Doyle 17 months ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi sunflower. Welcome to my site and thank you so much for you lovely comment. I am glad to hear you "strive to be a light in the forest of doubt." Such a wonderful way to describe who you are and your path in life. Happy to know you enjoyed my hub and the music. Have a great day.


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ahorseback 15 months ago

Phyllis , I have been tried and convicted even of missing some pretty important hubs and here's just one of them . Amazing is what I'd call it ! I try to be that lantern carrier , if only by smiling at each encounter , some days it works , it's really cool to see it work too , fir instance simply holding a door for a lady , Just the other day I told a woman " that sure is one pretty dress " she smiled a mile wide and said thank you , only for me to realize that it was a blouse I couldn't see behind the counter ! Duhhh , oh well I tried !......Ed


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Phyllis Doyle 15 months ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Hi Ed. I believe you are a Lantern Carrier. I bet that the compliment made the day for that woman. Being pleasant to others is always a good thing. I appreciate your visit and commenting, thank you.


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colorfulone 14 months ago from Minnesota

Its a brighter world when people let their light shine. It makes me feel good to shine a light. "The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord."


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Phyllis Doyle 14 months ago from High desert of Nevada. Author

Such a beautiful saying, colorfulone. Thank you.

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