We will be men……

by Rod Smith

We Will Be Men, My Sons

(With acknowledgement to Rudyard Kipling)

When we can negotiate without compromising our integrity, and stand on our own two feet without pushing others over, and love without controlling ….. we will be men, my sons.

When we understand and accept our uniquenesses, our resilience, giftedness, our frailties and failings, and within that understanding, do no harm ….. we will be men, my sons.

When we can forgive all others, deserved, undeserved, requested or not, and freely offer mercy and grace even to those who have rejected us, deserved or not……. we will be men, my sons.

When we can welcome strangers with radical hospitality, and yet foster independence, and be generous with all we own, while treasuring our valued possessions ….. we will be men, my sons.

When we empower others, desire their highest good especially when they can do nothing for us in return…….. we will be men, my sons,

………………..we will be men.

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