The Best That Is Within Us

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We teach what we most need to learn,
and what we see in others
is simply a reflection of ourselves.
This realization washes over me
again and again
carrying with it
a sense of profound responsibility
and a drive to be even more awake
in my thoughts, words, and actions.
I am human,
and often I don’t succeed
in being the patient, loving person
I really want to be.
This is where self-compassion steps in
and reminds me that we all fail sometimes,
and my failure connects me with all other
fellow human beings
who have set their marks impossibly high
and who fall time and time again
stretching upwards to reach those marks.
May I be patient with myself.
May the patience I cultivate within myself
radiate outwards and bless the world
with the calm certainty
that we are all doing the best we can,
that we are all worthy of forgiveness,
and we can all keep trying one more time
to bring forth the best that is within us.

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