I believe in the importance

of a perspective that takes itself into account.

And sunrises,

and grandchildren,

and rocking chairs,

and cups of coffee,

and listening to what your body is telling you,

and talking long walks through the neighborhood,

or in the woods,

or by the sea.

I believe in being kind,

and compassionate,

affectionate,

and tender,

and in giving everyone the benefit of the doubt—

until they abuse the courtesy,

and leave no doubt.

I believe in eyes that see,

ears that hear,

and hearts that understand—

which means I believe also in looking,

and listening,

and asking the questions that beg to be asked,

and saying the things that cry out to be said.

I believe in knowing when to take no for an answer,

and doing what needs to be done

in the situation as it arises, unfolds.

Mostly, though, I believe in the importance

of a perspective that takes itself into account.

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