Whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile.
It is what comes out of a person that defiles
—Mark 7.18, 20
Ignore the things that befall you,
what people do to you—
these are nothing.
The Beloved really doesn’t believe
what they say about you.
Attend to what comes out of you:
is it love and honor
or something else,
self-regard or self-loathing,
loveliness or ugliness?
The Beloved has planted a beautiful rose in you,
and expects it to come up and blossom
even through the manure.
August 23, 2021