as you are

“‘as you are.’ says the universe.
‘after…’ you answer.

‘as you are.’ says the universe.
‘before…’ you answer.

‘as you are.’ says the universe.
‘when…’ you answer.

‘as you are.’ says the universe.
‘how…’ you answer.

‘as you are.’ says the universe.
‘why…’ you answer.

‘because
you are happening now.

right now.
right at this moment

and
your happening
is beautiful.

the thing that keeps me alive
and
brings me to my knees.

you don’t even know how breathtaking you are.
as you are.’

says the universe through tears”

 

—Nayyirah Waheed, “as you are | you are the prayer” (Nejma)

in this time for new year’s resolutions, let us take a moment to remember how revolutionary it is to know we deserve love. unconditionally. right now, as we are.

may we all feel this profound freedom someday.

happy new year

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