If I try to fix the world, the world will fix me

When friends confide in me of their distress,
I used to counsel them with sage instructions;
In time, I learned to act with more finesse
And listen, while they made their own deductions.

My need is for belonging, not control,
to live as a participant-observer;
My psyche seeks connection to feel whole,
and wisdom to constrain excessive fervor.

Tikkun olam? — as if the world were broken!
This conceit is just self-centered apprehension.
But Copenhagen’s message might betoken
a universe that’s asking for attention.

So I give myself to study, heart and mind,
And endeavor to be pliable and kind.

— Josh Mitteldorf


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