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poetry, quotes & thoughts about life

.changes in latitude.changes in attitude.

What does it take to be kind in a moment of aggravation? In a moment of tiredness? When things don’t go quite your way?


Before you know what kindness really is

you must lose things,

feel the future dissolve in a moment

like salt in a weakened broth.

What you held in your hand,

what you counted and carefully saved,

all this must go so you know

how desolate the landscape can be

between the regions of kindness.

How you ride and ride

thinking the bus will never stop,

the passengers eating maize and chicken

will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness

you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho

lies dead by the side of the road.

You must see how this could be you,

how he too was someone

who journeyed through the night with plans

and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,

you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing. 

You must wake up with sorrow.

You must speak to it till your voice

catches the thread of all sorrows

and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,

only kindness that ties your shoes

and sends you out into the day to gaze at bread,

only kindness that raises its head

from the crowd of the world to say

It is I you have been looking for,

and then goes with you everywhere

like a shadow or a friend.

~Naomi Shihab Nye

I don’t care who your mother or father are/or were 

It’s none of my business

I care that you can overcome the dysfunction you grew up in

and become the highest and best self you were created to be


I don’t care how beautiful your body is, or how often you go to the gym 

It’s truly boring to me

I care about the way you take care of yourself, the laughter lines gathering at the sides of your eyes and your ability to tell the truth at any given moment 


I don’t care what church you go to

It’s a non issue for me

I care that you recognize beauty, that your prayers are conversations and that the mystery is larger than when you started seeking 


I don’t care about fancy hotels and trendy labels

I like luxury a lot, yet it’s not my main concern 

I care that you treat people well and with kindness and that you have the ability to relax and enjoy every moment of life – from the simple to the sublime 


I don’t care who you vote for in any given election 

Politics are my least favorite thing in the world

In my opinion, Politicians are mouthpieces for the money & power behind the curtain 

I care about your character, what you do when no one is looking, how you empower people to step into their own skin and your desire to be vulnerable with your humanity 


I don’t care what you used to have/or currently have in your bank account

That’s not what I value about you

I care about the way you interact and take care of the people who you are in relationship with and those who work for you, your ability to love others for who they are and how you encourage them to shine in their own light


I don’t care what celebrities you have met, or known in your life

They stand in their own shoes as you and I each must stand in our own

I care that you love your own voice and believe in the gifts God has heaped upon you and that you pour them out into the world freely and joyfully knowing it’s what makes the angels rejoice


I don’t care about the mistakes you have made or how disappointing life has been for you in the past

I care that you know your Next choice is always your most important and that there is ALWAYS something good in your day, if you choose to find it


I don’t care about your rants, your dogma, your ego or your willingness to be a bully

Ive experienced my share of abuse and control by narcissists and I refuse to be broken or a victim. Im healing those wounds and take responsibility for my own part in allowing it to happen 

I care that you repent and will look your own patterns and actions in the eye and say, ‘I was wrong’ ‘I’m Sorry’ ‘Please forgive me’ ‘Thank you’ ‘I love You’ Changed behavior is the only thing I will accept and allow in my life from here


I don’t care if you’re a genius, or if you consider yourself one

I’m rather intelligent myself, but that’s not anything to brag about

I care that you can have a meaningful conversation with anyone who happens to be connected to you at any given moment – from the person who cleans your dirt to the person who does your surgery


I don’t care if you have blood decreed blue or royal, or if you have a doctorate of something fancy and that is what you believe makes you better, in some way, than me or others

It brings sadness to my heart that some people consider themselves better than others. We are all made of dust and stars. 

I care about your soul, which has the same exact value of every other soul which has ever existed or will exist in a body on this earth 


The Important Things by Amy Mehringer

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