A beautiful poem by Morgan Harper Nichols, from her book "All Along You Were Blooming". Thanks to Kris for pointing it out to me, and reading it to us in one of our classes.
Here it is:
You may have ideas about how others
but you are not defined
by their perceptions.
You are not an object
under someone else's magnifying glass,
whose only purpose
is to be observed.
You are a living, breathing human being
with a beautiful soul
that is on a hope - anchored journey
of learning what it means to be whole.
Morgan Harper Nichol's website: morganharpernichols.com