Do You Know?

By Adam J. Pearson
Ha-Long-Bay-Vietnam

Do you know that you have value?

Do you know how much you’ve grown?

Do you know we’re all still growing?

Do you know you’re not alone?

Do you know that you are worthy?

Do you know that there is hope?

Do you know that your life matters?

Do you know that you can cope?

Do you know you’re not defined

By mistakes made long ago?

Do you know that it’s okay

To still feel that you don’t know?

Do you know that you’re courageous

To push on through pain and snow?

Do you know that I respect you?

Do you know I see you grow?

Do you know that you are strong?

Do you know you’re lovable?

Do you know that you belong?

Brother, sister, do you know?

 

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One thought on “Do You Know?

  1. A friend asked me what the “and snow” meant in “Do you know that you’re courageous / to push on through pain and snow?” I live in Montreal, Canada, and for Canadians, the snow is often something we wrestle with. We have long winters, frequently get our cars snowed in, have to shovel countless shovels of the stuff from our walkways and driveways, and sometimes strain our eyes simply to see in the whiteouts of great blizzards. The beauty of this line is that while snow metaphorically embodies struggle when seen from one point of view, it’s also tremendously beautiful and something we can embrace. Canadians may toil through the snow like the Starks in Game of Thrones, but we also love it. Endless good memories are associated with the snow and all the things we do in it from childhood on through the years: skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, making snow angels and snow men, kissing under a light snowfall, throwing snowballs, building snow forts, eating maple taffy poured on snow at a Quebec sugar shack, and many other activities. Thus, snow, to me, embodies both a spirit of challenge and a beauty we can embrace. And that’s precisely how I see our personal struggles as well. They sometimes seem so hard, but they also have a kind of beauty; they fertilize our psychological growth, deepen us as human beings, widen our compassion, and teach us valuable lessons. And just like snowflakes, which seem so powerful when they roar together in an avalanche, they’re also fragile and fleeting. Eventually, they melt away and in their absence, we remain.

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