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Almost, But Not, Symmetrical (4)

Family.

We all have them.
Our parents had them.
Our’s inherit from theirs.

We play with them.
Sometimes we indulge them.
Sometimes we regret.

We fight with them.
Sometimes we expel them.
Sometimes reunions are … complex.

Yet…

When we acknowledge,
Without subservience,
Their individuality…

When we honor,
Without worshipping,
Their power…

When we forgive,
Without condoning,
Their mistakes…

When we discipline,
Without anger,
Their transgressions…

When we support,
Without coddling,
Their struggles…

When we praise,
Without semblance,
Their growth…

When we accept,
Without shame,
Their flaws…

When we cherish,
Without limits,
Their totality…

Beauty becomes them.
We become whole with them.
We learn the nature of love.

Demons.

We all have them.
Our parents had them.
Our’s inherit from theirs.

We play with them.
Sometimes we indulge them.
Sometimes we regret.

We fight with them.
Sometimes we expel them.
Sometimes reunions are … complex.

Yet…

When we acknowledge,
Without subservience,
Their individuality…

When we honor,
Without worshipping,
Their power…

When we forgive,
Without condoning,
Their mistakes…

When we discipline,
Without anger,
Their transgressions…

When we support,
Without coddling,
Their struggles…

When we praise,
Without semblance,
Their growth…

When we accept,
Without shame,
Their flaws…

When we cherish,
Without limits,
Their totality…

Beauty becomes them.
We become whole with them.
We learn the nature of love.

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Almost, But Not, Symmetrical (3)

Those who enter the cathedral

Through the back door
On their hands and knees
Covered in filth and fleas

And who sit in back
Shaking back and forth
Praying quietly

Tend to look up
As though their lives
Depended on it.

Because it does.

Those who enter the cathedral

Through the front door
On their own two legs
Covered in frocks and finery

And who sit in front
Heads held proud
Proclaiming loudly

Tend to look side-to-side
As though their lives
Depended on it.

Because it does.

Every day this San Francisco Church provides the homeless with blankets and  'sacred sleep' in its pews - Upworthy

Almost, But Not, Symmetrical (2)

There are two types of pain …

Beautiful pain strikes our ego.
Beautiful pain strikes our pride.
Beautiful pain builds us up.
Beautiful pain teaches love.

Ugly pain strikes our soul.
Ugly pain strikes our honor.
Ugly pain tears us down.
Ugly pain teaches hate.

… that in the moment, are hard to discern.

Beautiful pain can feel ugly today.
Beautiful pain feels beautiful tomorrow.
Our minds cannot discern,
But our hearts know which is which.

Ugly pain can feel beautiful today.
Ugly pain feels ugly tomorrow.
Our minds cannot discern,
But our hearts know which is which.

Both hurt, in different ways; …

Beautiful pain hurts.
Beautiful pain is a struggle.
Beautiful pain transcends suffering.
Beautiful pain nourishes.

Ugly pain hurts.
Ugly pain is a struggle.
Ugly pain amplifies suffering.
Ugly pain kills.

… and both can break us, if we let them.

Fear walks away from beautiful pain.
Deceit weakens as we lie.
Isolation inspires others
To leave us to our fate.

Fear turns to embrace ugly pain.
Deceit weakens as we lie.
Isolation inspires others
To leave us to our fate.

Yet both can serve us …

Courage turns to face beautiful pain.
Integrity protects as we strengthen.
Vulnerability inspires others
To face their beautiful pain.

Courage walks away from ugly pain.
Integrity protects as we strengthen.
Vulnerability inspires others
To face our ugly pain.

… to grow.

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