Well I never,
this post made Hilary's POTW!
first of all,
you are no better and no worse than anyone.
You are human,
not less than human,
As good as anyone else.
Once considered tall,
at the head of every line-up in school,
you've shrunk a little,
the people coming after you having grown taller
than those who lived before you.
a straight back,
eyes that have grown a little dim with time
but still able to see clearly in the ways that matter.
Sorrow and joy,
laughter and tears,
the good days and bad,
accept them all.
Indifference is death.
Be kind to yourself,
or you will not be kind to others;
only then will you forgive others.
Make empathy, patience and goodwill
become your golden rule.
Your life is yours,
and yours alone.
So live it well,
discard the fleeting fashions of the world.
Accept wise counsel but
ignore the siren voices of the fools who
call to you to follow them.
The world is yours,
take care of it.
The moon, the stars, the sun to light your night and day,
all yours, to share with every living creature.
The whole world is your garden,
so treat it gently.
You have lived more than half your life by now,
you've grown a little wiser
than the foolish girl you knew when you were young.
you've learned to place your trust
with careful circumspection;
you speak in truth to others
and always to yourself.
Delusion is best served in tiny measures,
but never to yourself.
With every breath you take,
remember that your time on earth is limited,
be mindful and courageous,
and face each day as it unfolds
in all its myriad diversity
But above all,