I owe an expression of gratitude to my loves
for all they found in me,
“good” or “bad”,
and for what they brought out in me
because of what they are
and whom I needed them to be.
I owe an apology to all my lovers.
I expected everything from them
but I held back the emptiness within me,
the greatest gift of all.
I gave them a fragment of myself
and sold them short.
I owe my adversaries and so-called enemies
the compassion and the fullness of my truth.
They saw in me a mirror
and I accepted the images they held.
They made me as strong
as the fear that stood between us.
I owe my parents and my ancestors understanding.
They were the best that they could be.
Rather than resist, deny, ignore or imitate,
pay homage to or take it away,
I owe it to them to be the best there is in me.
I am their continuation in a better world.
To all, I owe the full Presence of myself
wherever I am,
unashamed, unmasked, powerful and vulnerable,
with strengths and flaws,
in depth and height,
a unique Being in a unique moment right here and now.
Life asks nothing less from me.
I am the Cause
behind all the effects
that I perceive around me
and nothing more.
All that I deserve is already within me.