Ali Davis

One Day At a Time
2004-08-19 16:45:19 (UTC)

Something interesting

I saw this online and it really fits me. I love it. Its

If I do not want what you want, please try not to tell me
that my want is wrong.

Or if I believe other than you, at least pause before you
correct my view.

Or if my emotion is less than yours, or more, given the
same circumstances, try not to ask me to feel more strongly
or weakly.

Or yet if I act, or fail to act, in the manner of your
design for action, let me be.

I do not, for the moment at least, ask you to understand
me. That will come only when you are willing to give up
changing me into a copy of you.

I may be your spouse, your parent, your offsping, your
friend, or your colleague. If you will allow me any of my
own wants, or emotions, or beliefs, or actions, then you
open yourself, so that some day these ways of mine might
not seem so wrong, and might finally appear to you as
right -- for me. To put up with me is the first step to
understanding me. Not that you embrace my ways as right for
you, but that you are no longer irritated or disappointed
with me for my seeming waywardness. And in understanding me
you might come to prize my differences from you, and, far
from seeking to change me, preserve and even nurture those

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