Kindness and Crocodiles


I believe it is my job
to be kind to others.

And although it is my sacred wish
that everyone would live that way,
they don’t.

They just don’t.

So in addition
to being kind,
it’s also my job
to grow thick my skin
and crocodile-like.

It’s my job
to say “It’s okay
that you don’t like my
(Insert word of choice.)

It really is okay.

It’s taken 40 years
to grow this first layer
of crocodile resilience.
At first I could assemble
only the thinnest cells,
pink like bellies.

It’s a kindness to myself
to grow this

Heart of a Counselor,
skin of a crocodile.

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