Exploring Happiness #35- Imprinting - Poem by June Stepansky
I once read a book
about a child
who was neglected by his parents,
and who saw from his window,
working on the building next door.
And interacting with that crane,
he developed crane-like movements
and crane-like language.
So, perhaps, do all of us
through our infant pores
imprint escape, or anxiety, or safety
just below the level of reason
that comforts or plagues us
the rest of our lives.
Poet's Notes about The Poem
As adults we must try to re-evaluate these childhood experiences, and assess how they may still be affecting our daily life.
If we find that some of these past events are a continuing source of difficulty, we must then make the effort, if possible, to understand and change these influences so that we can minimize their negative impact on our lives.
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Every man is his own ancestor,
And every man is his own heir.
He devises his own fortune, and
he inherits his own past.
Francis Herbert Hedge
To design the future effectively,
You must first let go of your past.
Charles J. Givens
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