When I am seen as the one who is “different”,
I am called to shine –
the light of perspective that sees what others can’t; the hope that all can be unique!
When I am envied as the one who is “beautiful”,
I am called to weep –
For the one who has never been affirmed; who has never been sought after.
When I am fawned over as the one who is “richer”
I am called to love –
the one who is orphaned; the one who feels robbed of life’s opportunity.
When I am pushed aside as the one who is “poorer” –
I am called to give –
to the one who has lost their heart; to the powerful – who still longs for intimacy.
When I am mocked as the one who is “naive”,
I am called to laugh-
in the joy of innocence; in the wonder of freshness; in the blessing of hope!
When I am minimized as the one who is “broken”,
I am called to courage –
in the surety of process; in the freedom of healing; in the hope of grace.
When I am vibrant in the reality of who I am in the moment,
I am called to “be” –
with the one who is richer or poorer, different or beautiful, naive or “broken”,
and as “us” -celebrate the gift of Life.
Author – Bill Tidsbury