The Challenge of Worthiness

Why is it such a challenge

To offer ourselves the same kindness we give to others?

Showing unwavering care for all human beings

While simultaneously torturing ourselves

With degrading words and punitive thoughts.

Injustices by others we automatically turn inward

Into unending attacks against our own character

Willingly taking the blame while blameless

The way we always had to do to keep the peace.

Some day, dear soul, I hope it will not feel so effortless

To absorb and reabsorb the pain of the world,

But until then, let us be kind to ourselves

With an overabundance of reassurance

That we are loved even when we do not feel deserving

We are trying even when we make mistakes

We are worthy even when we cannot see proof.

Published by Quietest Poet

Writer, mother, counselor, flower gardener, recipe seeker, and Netflix lover.

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