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Weekly Affirmation: My Path is Unique and So Is My Pace

Feb 04, 2024

Breathe in. Breathe out.
Repeat after me, "My path is unique and so is my pace."
Repeat it often.
Mary T. Lathrap wrote a poem in 1895 about "walking in their moccasins", and it describes pretty accurately how easily we judge others. It also makes me think of how easily we can allow ourselves to be judged and influenced by others in turn.
You are unique. Your thoughts, your physical being, and your existence are unique.
That means that everything you do is unique and, by its very existence, needs to be done at a unique pace.
Some days you'll have energy and the ability to do things at light speed. Celebrate those days and let yourself be filled with energy and productivity.
On other days, you'll be amazed you got out of bed. Allow yourself to rest when you need.
That's ok.
Allow your pace to be yours. Never let anyone else pressure or shame you into thinking that you need to speed up or slow down.
Everything runs in cycles, embrace them.

P.S., if you'd like the full poem, it follows:

“Judge Softly”

“Pray, don’t find fault with the man that limps,
Or stumbles along the road.
Unless you have worn the moccasins he wears,
Or stumbled beneath the same load.

There may be tears in his soles that hurt
Though hidden away from view.
The burden he bears placed on your back
May cause you to stumble and fall, too.

Don’t sneer at the man who is down today
Unless you have felt the same blow
That caused his fall or felt the shame
That only the fallen know.

You may be strong, but still the blows
That were his, unknown to you in the same way,
May cause you to stagger and fall, too.

Don’t be too harsh with the man that sins.
Or pelt him with words, or stone, or disdain.
Unless you are sure you have no sins of your own,
And it’s only wisdom and love that your heart contains.

For you know if the tempter’s voice
Should whisper as soft to you,
As it did to him when he went astray,
It might cause you to falter, too.

Just walk a mile in his moccasins
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse.
If just for one hour, you could find a way
To see through his eyes, instead of your own muse.

I believe you’d be surprised to see
That you’ve been blind and narrow-minded, even unkind.
There are people on reservations and in the ghettos
Who have so little hope, and too much worry on their minds.

Brother, there but for the grace of God go you and I.
Just for a moment, slip into his mind and traditions
And see the world through his spirit and eyes
Before you cast a stone or falsely judge his conditions.

Remember to walk a mile in his moccasins
And remember the lessons of humanity taught to you by your elders.
We will be known forever by the tracks we leave
In other people’s lives, our kindnesses and generosity.

Take the time to walk a mile in his moccasins.”

~ by Mary T. Lathrap, 1895


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