Knowing Who You Are

Do you know who you are? What you want? Where you’re going?

The Keys

Three important steps to communicate:

First is what you mean, next is what you say–

last will determine what will dominate:

were you heard, or was something in your way.

Here I cast my vote to improve the fate

of relationships everywhere on earth.

Think and search your soul, and then clearly state

what you truly mean as though you have worth.

Listen carefully, pause, and even wait.

No matter the response you hear, pause, please–

people mess up who aren’t filled with hate,

ask and tell and clarify: these are keys.

— © Melissa Severance 2010