Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Tonight I face myself again

Tonight I face myself again. And I see my humanness as I haven’t seen it in a long time. I see my incredible depths and my bright shallowness. I see my selfish glee and my altruistic compassion. I see my joys and my sorrows, yet I am strangely untouched by everything. Tonight I see myself as a human, and individual, an entity of thoughts and feelings and wants and needs and abilities. Tonight I am absolutely free from being, yet inescapably bound to myself. I am powerful beyond imagination, yet vulnerable beyond description.

I shout out my humanness, I embrace my uniqueness in the same way I nurture my sameness. I revel in the knowledge that I am different from all others, yet exactly the same as my peers. Tonight I believe in my ability to change the world, whilst being comfortable with the idea that it is too much for me to achieve. Tonight I am content with every aspect of my me-ness, I am satisfied with my brilliance as much as with my stupidity. Tonight I can forgive myself all my faults, and rejoice in all my strengths. I am empowered, because I do not expect myself to have all the answers, to have all the solutions, to know all the ways.

Tonight I know: I am flawed, yet I am brimming over with the fullness of being human, and I know, being human is as close to good as can be.

3 comments:

Eugene said...

I have read chapters full of theological thought about what it means that we are made in the "Image of God" yet when I read this I can't help but think that you say it better than the scholars.

Formulas and definitions always seem to be lacking something.

But when contemplating the complex beauty of humanity, it all seems to make sense to me somehow

TPluckyT said...

Alexander Pope is an 18th Century English poet and satirist best known for the quote taken from his Essay on Criticism, "To err is human, to forgive divine."

Your post reminds me of something else he said, "An honest man is the noblest work of God."

You sound like someone who is honest with themself . . .

Tania said...

Thanks for the comments, I appreciate it! I try to be honest...