speak words of kindness

speak words of kindness to yourself
your heart will hear you
your heart will heal you

the child inside your mind
has been hiding
from the shouting and the shaming

they don’t want to be scared
they don’t want to be scarred
they want to feel the warmth of love

they’re the one you’re scolding
when you’re scolding yourself
and they burrow in deeper with each harsh word

it’s not their fault the world can be so hostile
so judgmental
so loud and terrifying and overwhelming

they want quiet and kindness
and the safety of knowing they can be who they are
who you are

these are the words you use when others cry
these are the words you use when others stumble
these are the words you use when others fail to reach the unreachable

speak them to yourself
and the child will hear you
and stop hiding in the safety of the shadows

speak words of kindness to yourself
your heart will hear you
your heart will heal you

09.06.21

(inspired by something Shai said to me)

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