A letter to the people I love

To the friend who sends me letters in the mail,
thank you.
Thank you for reminding me that I am cared for.

To the friend who cooked soup for me when I was sick,
thank you.
Your kind action healed my body and soul.

To the friend I wronged,
thank you.
Thank you for forgiving me with such grace.

To the friend who hurt me,
thank you.
I took the elements of truth from your harsh words and grew from them.

To the friend who opened yourself up to me with such raw vulnerability,
thank you.
You've given me the courage to share my own story.

To the friend who believed in me when I didn't even believe in myself,
thank you.
I repeat your words to myself when I'm discouraged. 

To the friend who was there for me in my darkest months,
thank you.
Thank you for reminding me that I am worthy of love.
 

It took a community of people to ripen my heart and teach it how to love.