when I am irritated or discouraged
by how my loved one responds
or does not respond,
fill me with compassion and kindness.
When memories of unpleasant experiences
of the past return,
assist me in extending forgiveness.
Help me, also, to be kind to myself,
to not deny the struggles.
Soothe my sore spirit
when I find the days especially difficult.
Forgive me for my own failings
and help me to overcome any guilt I have
for not always being my best self.
You know that these days are not easy ones.
Bless both of us with your merciful kindness.
From May I Walk You Home (pg. 35)