Sometimes I forget
Who I am.
I move about in the world
Then a word,
Stops me short.
I observe others
Moving in groups.
It is rare indeed
To run across another outsider.
We are elusive.
At least in the public view.
Perhaps others hide
Themselves better than I.
Those moments when I remember who I am
I pull back and observe.
Everyone else is enmeshed in their own worlds.
“People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs, but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.”
~ Kent M. Keith, The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council
When I pause
I realize the jumble
That the past, present, and future make.
Memories of the future crowd in
The presence is a pale remembrance of what is to come.
I live in what will come
Instead of what is.
It descends like a soft cloud
Encasing me in comfort.
What is this strange feeling?
I cannot catch it.
It slips through my fingers if I try.
But when I sense it,
I can turn my face to it
And bask in its warmth.
And then see it on its way
With a silent word of thanks.
I hope to see you again soon, happiness.
Thanks for passing through my life.
You need to visit more often.