Reality

“After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises…
After a while you learn…
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure…
That you really are strong
And you really do have worth…
And you learn and learn…
With every good-bye you learn.”
— Veronica A. Shoffstall

8 thoughts on “Reality”

  1. Prayer of the Bodhisattva

    Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers
    but to be fearless in facing them.
    Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain
    but for the heart to conquer it.
    Let me not look for allies in life’s battlefield
    but to my own strength.
    Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved
    but hope for patience to win my freedom.

    —Tagore <3

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