Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Venus Just Asked Me

Venus Just Asked Me

Perhaps for just one minute
out of the day,

it may be of value to torture yourself
with thoughts like,

“I should be doing
a hell of a lot more with my life”

But with all the rest of your time.
it would be best to try
looking upon your self more as God does.

For He knows
your true nature.
He sees only Himself in you.

            Questions of self worth usually arise from time to time with everyone. They can come from comparing yourself to another, or comparing yourself with the version of yourself you wish had happened by now. Although it is fine and often appropriate to reserve time for self-evaluation, Hafiz has provided a great warning, the rest of the day should be spent recognizing everything that is great about you. There is a difference between hubristic pride and earned pride, one is detrimental and arrogant, the other serves as encouragement to continue working hard for the life you imagined. Many will find solace in knowing that God is walking with you and sees himself in your struggles, your joys, your very reflection. 

Below is the popular, Footprints in the Sand, text:

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.

Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.

Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,

other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,

when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,

I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord,
‘You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.

But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one set of footprints in the sand.

Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?’
The Lord replied,
‘The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand,

is when I carried you.

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