Not wanted

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Saying yes to everything in a day, including things we would prefer not to be happening, is not easy, but it helps us remember that life is made up of both pleasant and unpleasant:

Even now,
decades after,
I wash my face with cold water —

not for discipline,
nor memory,
nor the icy, awakening slap,

but to practice
choosing
to make the unwanted wanted.

Jane Hirshfield, A Cedary Fragance from Given Sugar, Given Salt

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