The Moment Where True Work Begins

A poem on receiving each lesson when facing our mistakes.

(Image: JPlenio, Pixabay)

The moment
when we think we have failed,
this is where true work begins.
When arriving here,
do less
receive
each lesson,
an invitation
recognizing something new.

Draw a boundary
around what is yours
to metabolize,
shed the rest
still
open to feedback
soft,
malleable
seeing self
through eyes of others.

Reckon with this space
the place where you fall
short,
pain behind words
anger flashed
even this:
a gift,
glimpse into another’s truth.

The moment
when we think we have failed,
this is where true work begins.
There is no way out,
only through —
able to sit in each fire
with friction,
beyond comfort zone.
The end game:
not perfection,
rather humility
not dwelling,
instead deliciously open
listening
ready to receive.

Step back,
then step forward
welcoming
each mistake —
a passageway
into growth.
Widen here,
be larger
than each sharp edge
serving slice
of incisiveness
so that you can now
soften to understand.

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𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘷𝘶𝘭𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 & 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴.

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Deborah McNamara

Deborah McNamara

Sustainability & Climate Activist. Yoga Teacher. Author, Invitation of Motherhood: Uncovering the Spiritual Lessons of Parenting. More: www.debmcnamara.com