POETRY | Loving the Parts of Us that We Hide

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Trembling, we bow to ourselves,

As we vow

To especially love the parts of us that we still hide:

 

We vow to love our ignorance.

The space between our wisdom and our unknown is fertile ground for growth.

 

We vow to love our fear.                                                                          

 It protects us like a mother—even though we've outgrown her arms.

 

We vow to love our neediness.                                                                             

It reminds use of the children we once were, who don't yet know they're loved.

 

We vow to love our desperation.                                                                

It shows us what’s worth the struggle.

 

We vow to love our weariness.                                                                 

It calls us to surrender the weight of the world.

 

We vow to love our shame.                                                                      

 It anchors us to the silence where the truest voices wait to be heard.

 

Trembling, we bow to ourselves,

As we vow

To love ourselves enough to no longer hide.

 

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