Learning Humility

Patrick Jennings, Twin Falls, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
I walked through the world
With a mighty swagger
Until humiliation
Taught me humility
Until poverty
Taught me what to value
Until failure
Taught me grace

Now I walk with a gentle deference
Listen, when I might have spoken
Forgive, when I might have challenged
Let go, when I might have held on

I am happier
For having lived in
My shortcomings
For finding in them
My strengths

Twin Falls
Kakadu National Park
Northern Territory, Australia

Taken during travels, 1994