Patience & Humility
Let people walk their own journey.
As you, are on your own journey.
Let them not know things
As you, also, don’t know things.
Don’t shame them for not knowing
For once you also
on the radar of another.
If someone should shame you for not seeing yet
then shame on them for lacking grace!
In not allowing you to walk your own journey
And go slowly at your own pace.
If your friend is suffering because they made a stupid decision,
hug out the carnage of their own mistake.
Be the person that says nothing and promises nothing but to just be present in that moment
throw their arms around the shoulders of their own mess
get their fingernails filthy in the soil of their new learnings.
But if you must intervene somehow
then give them a pen
so they can
yank the rotten fruit from the tree of their broken Eden
and write an anthology of poetry from all this new wisdom.
For wisdom is treasure often traded with pain
begotten by trial and error
where the risk averse are rewarded the least,
save the reckless adventurer whom finds solace
in crying and shocked mouths agape
due to their masterful storytelling abilities.
Control & Influence
Why is Control the most coveted item at the auction,
and Influence the secret stock?
If they were sisters, Control would be the anxious fidgety one,
And Influence known for her listening skills, gentle laughter,
and ease of conversation.
It is necessary that I fail fast,
break my neck every once in a while
learn to be happy in a hospital bed;
and diminish my energy to judge you,
and while suffering
shall the waistline of my perspective
loosen its belt
from gorging on too much self-reflection.