The greatest gift we can give today

From William Stafford, A Ritual to Read to Each Other:

If you don’t know the kind of person I am 

And I don’t know the kind of person you are

a pattern that others made may prevail in the world

and following the wrong god home we may miss our star.

For there is many a small betrayal in the mind….

Seeing a person free of everything we thought of him or her is a most extraordinary event. Things become luminous. We realize our common nature of no-nature. This is seeing from the heart – compassion.

Katherine Thanas, The Truth of This Life

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