What we sign up for

We do not sign up for life
and we do not sign up
for the way that we die.

We do sign up at some point
to be human,
which means making mistakes,
expressing ourselves
imperfectly,
and then taking responsibility
for the way our words are heard
whether it is what we intended
or perhaps is not.

We sign up for apology.
We sign up for asking forgiveness.

Some of us also sign up to learn
slowly and carefully
the great art, which is not casual,
of sharing our hearts
when we talk of death.

We learn silence.
We learn stumbling words.

We learn from those who are wiser,
because we ask
and because we listen.
We learn from bitter mistakes,
and from remembering
how we were loved
when sorrow came for us.

(This is just my small advice for Donald Trump, also for me)

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8 Responses to What we sign up for

  1. Marie Lucca says:

    Indeed. Beautifully stated.

  2. Titia Bozuwa says:

    Maren, it’s almost as if you wrote this for me. I embrace your words. Thank you.

  3. Maren says:

    You are so very welcome, Titia. May love surround you as you have always embraced love.

  4. Stephen Price says:

    This is incredible and beautiful and I needed to hear it today

  5. john benson says:

    words of wisdom!

  6. Wise words that remind me how wonderfully fortunate we are in NZ. Last night a new coalition government was formed, the votes count so close that whatever way it went almost half the country would be disappointed, yet the announcement was made with gracious words expressed by all the leaders. We are so blessed.

    • Maren says:

      You are truly, truly blessed! We in the united States envy you. Also we hear nothing about what is going on in your country unless it is a natural disaster. How terrible that is.

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