My friend, Susan, shared one of Shel's little poems with me recently. I recall reading his books to my children when they were little, especially Where the Sidewalk Ends. This particular poem confirms my belief that poets possess deep insight into the workings of the world—and into our inner workings, as well.
In the spirit of self-compassion, may we attend to the whispers from within that beg for our attention. They are voices of self-knowing, self-honoring, and self-assurance. Responding to our inner voice is one of the ways we step into self-compassion. Our wise self knows what is right and good for us. And kind!
There is a voice inside of you
That whispers all day long,
I feel this is right for me,
I know that this is wrong.
No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
Or wise man can decide
What’s right for you - just listen to
The voice that speaks inside.
- Shel Silverstein
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