There were times when I wished
to un-see, un-feel, un-know
gruesome, ugly, painful, unpleasant.
I wished to have a thicker skin,
so that things would not hurt me;
would bounce off me like I had a protective shield.
Now, I am thankful...
To have eyes that see and emotions to feel
and to be changed
by all that I experience.
Through all that I experience each day,
I. Am. Changed.
I am free to act (or not)
and to do or be (and become)...
Each day I am braver,
more willing to see and feel and know...
and for that...
I am grateful.