HAVE COMPASSION FOR EVERYONE YOU MEET
EVEN IF THEY DON’T WANT IT
WHAT APPEARS BAD MANNERS,
AN ILL TEMPER OR CYNICISM
IS A SIGN OF THINGS
NO EARS HAVE HEARD, NO EYES HAVE SEEN
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT WARS ARE GOING ON
DOWN THERE WHERE THE SPIRIT MEETS THE BONE

by Millar Williams

adapted for Mindful Self-Compassion:

HAVE COMPASSION FOR YOURSELF
EVEN IF YOU DON’T WANT IT
WHAT APPEARS BAD MANNERS,
AN ILL TEMPER OR CYNICISM MAY BE A SIGN
YOUR EARS COULD NO LONGER HEAR
YOUR EYES HAVE SINCE OVERLOOKED
YOU MAY NOT KNOW WHAT WARS ARE GOING ON
DOWN THERE WHERE THE SPIRIT MEETS THE BONE.