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if you can watch the sun rise each morning

if you can sit down

when you are at your busiest hour

if you can pay no heed

to the screams of your flesh...

(I must! I must! I must!)

if you can listen to silence

...and pray and be still

if you can look at the world

through mirrored glasses

if you can stay quiet

to choose your words well

if you can temper yourself

when temper threatens to overcome

if you can love.

if you can not hate.

if you can do all these

NOT out of necessity

NOT out of a sense of responsibility

if you can - because

...then you are patient

And Buddha has got nothing on you.

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