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All the Faces Staring Back


Faces StaringI stand in the subway watching all the faces. That one looks tired. That one is old and wrinkly. That one smells funny. That one is dressed in raggedy clothes. There’s a business person with a smug face. There’s a girl with half her head shaved. What must have she been thinking? There’s a hot look woman. That guy looks like he’s a douche-bag. That one is talking out of his ass.

I make all of these judgments and it says nothing about these people and everything about me. In less than a few seconds my fears are revealed. I see parts of myself in all of these people. The discomfort is palpable. I close my eyes, not to hide from them but to hide from myself. The train ride is prolonged. I have not reached the end of the tracks.

The air is suffocating and it doesn’t have to be. I know these people no more than I choose to know myself. Everything is at the surface and it need not be. Struggles past and struggles to come, I see my past, present and future and it does not have to be.

They are all me and I am them. We’re on this journey together and that’s just the way it has to be.

See you at the end of the tracks.

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Forgiveness From the Ashes


Flaming Lightning Blade: Phoenix HeartForgiveness is not about forgetting nor is it about denial. Forgiveness is about relinquishing control. It’s about releasing pain that has manifested as anger and resentment. It is about releasing a self inflicted burden.

Like shackles that bind our feet, pain ties us to our current condition. Without forgiveness, whether of another or oneself, we become stuck in a vicious cycle of pain and resentment. With forgiveness or some would say godliness, we have a way out, a way forward.

It grants us the power, not over another, but over our own destiny. We don’t have to live in pain. We don’t have to live in misery. We need only realize that in all matters of the spirit we can choose a destructive path, or one that raises us from the ashes.

From the ashes I rise. From the ashes I forgive myself.

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The Nature of Man


Adam and GodShould a wolf be rewarded for its cunningness? Should a snake be punished for its ability to strike without being seen? Who is above the fray that they should judge whether one is deserving of a reward or punishment? Who is holy enough that they should cast judgment on one’s nature, and one’s ability to please God?

We each live our lives, hopefully by the best of our intentions, but does this make us the maker of kings and the deliverer of justice? We are no better and no worse than our highest ideals and our lowest of lows. Happiness does not come from denying happiness to others. Nor does it come from shunning what we cannot understand. Happiness ultimately will come from not only accepting ourselves, but also from accepting that we cannot control others.

We can become prisoners of our own jealousy and pride, or we can set ourselves free from the seemingly endless critiques and judgments. Perhaps in writing this or even in contemplating this aspect of our nature, we can be hypocritical, but is it not better to accept and move on from one’s faults, rather than claiming none ever existed in the first place?

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Be You


Do not judge or allow yourself to be judged. No one person knows more than another chooses to know or not know. Know your intent, and worry not about the intent of another, lest you let another live or dictate your life. Be as you are, not what you dream yourself to be, or what society, family or friends have deemed appropriate. Your life is not measured by those who necessarily agree with you or like you, but by how you choose to live your life. It is not measured by time, wealth, or stature, but by your tears, your compassion, and your actions. It is measured by the love you give and the love you share. Live your life, but not in the shadow or expectations of others. Live it because it is you. Be you.

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Finding Oneself Again


When we hold on to our own personal truths so tightly, it is easy to lose sight of the greater picture. In the hopes of justifying ourselves and our past actions, we can often overlook all that is around us. Clouded in our own beliefs, we can lose perspective as we begin to discount others including those we hold dear.

As we find ourselves in more self-isolation, we must ask whether we have really followed the truth, or forsaken it out of fear of being wrong, or pride for wishing to be in the right. As if to hold our arms crossed against our chest, we can often find ourselves defending something without asking “why?” Why if we have truly found inner peace do we defend something so strongly and disallow others from finding it themselves?

No amount of preaching, repetition, or immersion can force a person to understanding without first the will and the desire to understand. This comes differently in each person, but we must be patient enough to allow it to bloom in its own time and nurture it with love from all sides.

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Haggard Soul


Shadows of night.
Figures in the dark.
Behind veils thick and thin.

Familiar faces.
Teary eyes.
Tired jowls.

Jolted heart.
Silent cries.
Haggard soul.

See the frustration in others and you will know you are not alone. Some show their sadness with tears. Some sulk in silence. Some stew in anger. Some point out the things in others they cannot understand.

Do not judge your sadness against another. Do not judge your understanding against another. Be not a hindrance to yourself or another. Lift the haggard soul.

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My Strength, My Joy


One cannot begin to judge what is in another’s heart until they have seen and felt what is in their own heart. In seeing themselves they have had a glimpse at all that has ever been. In looking inward, one is able to see infinitely outward, and in looking outward, one has seen themselves written in the souls of creation. In you I have seen my faults, my inequities. In you I have seen my strength, my joy. When I have judged your faults, I have revealed my fears. For in becoming you, I face myself. Judge me no more. Walk away from me no more. See what is in my heart. See what is in your heart.

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Sacred Cow


KC Sacred Cow by Rebecca L. MillerWhen the sacred cow becomes a sheep, do not cast him aside. Do not banish him from the heard or mark him as an abomination. Do not poke a finger in his eye, or berate him for his transgressions. Do not speak behind his back, or cast aspersions under your breath. Judge him not for the things that others wanted him to be. Judge him not for giving you what you wanted. Judge him not for the weights he has carried. Welcome him that he may see his place. Welcome him that he may become as you. Forgive him that you may also forgive yourself.

sculpture credit: KC Sacred Cow by Rebecca L. Miller

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Rushing Inward and Outward


rippleWhen we have to justify our actions, haven’t we compromised ourselves? By needing to justify our thoughts or actions, haven’t we put aside a part of what we feel to be right in order to satisfy our guilt? Whose opinion will we take? Will it matter in the end when who we have to live with is ourselves? When the dust settles, and those who conspire are nestled in their beds, are we not left with our conscience?

What will your conscience tell you? What will your heart reveal? Will it say you did all you could? Will it say you defended the weak? Will it say you spoke and lived by the truth? Will it say you tampered anger and brought even handedness to those who would refuse to see another way? How much of yourself are you willing to put aside? How much of yourself are you willing to sweep under the rug?

All one can do is live by the truth in their own heart. Though we may never see the full extent of our actions, the ripples rush outward and inward at the same time. And when that wave comes your way, will you drown by your own doing, or will you stand in calm waters?

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The Peril of Knowing


The peril of knowing you judge yourself for this life,
You judge yourself but it can’t last.

You walk through the door,
And right into your past.

Troubled by this life,
Fix the things that others can’t see.

Troubled by this life,
Create excuses for the things you can’t flee.

Walk outside the door,
Never turn your back no more.

Walk outside the door,
Worried your life’s become a chore.

Start a new day,
Turn the page.

Start a new day,
Gonna put down that rage.

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