Different Drums and Different Drummers

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 more than yours,
or less, given the same circumstances,
try not to ask me to feel more weakly or strongly.
Or yet if I act in some way other than
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 employee,
your child, your parent, or your friend.
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 them,
you might preserve and even nurture those differences.
I always knew I'd laugh looking back on the times I cried,
but I never thought I'd cry looking back on the times I laughed.

~ 1998 Dave Griffith ~

               

1998/2010 Dave ~ The PalletMaster ‘

"There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval."