Knowing

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Many years ago,

when my children were very young,

I wrote a 1-page letter imparting my wisdom.

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What is important in life?

Know yourself and the answers will come.

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Over the years,

my son lost both his toys and his copy

but my daughters lay folded in a wallet unremembered.

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What is important in life?

The unfolded copy waiting, dormant, in a scrapbook.

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We never know

whose lives we’ve touched

nor if it is our wisdom or our flaws that teach.

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What is important in life?

knowing that it touched my mother’s heart.

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Who could imagine

how greatly she revered it,

bringing forth a grateful flow of tears.

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To truly accept

and love yourself,

you must include all your wisdom…

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and flaws.

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Our hearts speak to others

in ways that are not for us to know.