Friday, December 31, 2010

Take A Cup of Kindness


I wanted to say

that I don't make resolutions

even though I'm fond of making

vast, grandiose statements about myself

especially here on my blog.

It feels so good to be certain of something, if only for a moment.

So, sweeping statements of me and all the great

things I'm going to do this year keep

bucking about in my head.

But underneath them I can hear the truth.

And it is this:

The only thing I need to aim at

is kindness toward myself

and others.

To love myself.

To cradle myself with compassion.

To not wage war against myself with

unkind thoughts. Ugly thoughts.

With guilt or shame.

To not wage war by trying to be anything that I'm not.

I hope to one day aim

to extend such compassion and peace to others.

But I'm imperfect, see, and I'm going to try

to make peace with myself first.

I believe that thing I said once

about the ripples.

What you send out, I feel

and what I send out

bears weight.

If we all could just

be-love ourselves

we might together send peaceful waves

into a warm and

enveloping ocean.

Be loved.

Be love.

And that cup of kindness, we'll take it yet.

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