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Limbs and Branches 2017 02 Panorama – Indian Land, South Carolina, March 13, 2017

Our life is a vehicle of self-revelation.
Even when we use it
to hide from ourselves,
we expose ourselves
as those who cannot bear
to know themselves.
Everything we do says,
“Look! Here I am! This is ME!”
And, we are speaking,
of course,
to ourselves.
We live trying to get ourselves
to know ourselves–
with understanding, compassion,
joy and gladness–
to enjoy the experience
of being alive together
with ourselves.
How far people are
from being able to know,
and enjoy themselves,
is staggering,
and sad beyond measure.
Why would we live
to have nothing to do
with who we are?