I have come to terms with the truth of my failures,
With the behaviors that perpetuate them,
With the absence of corrective self-discipline.
I now understand the cause and effect of my life,
The sources of my shortcomings,
The volition with which I empower them.
I have given long and careful thought,
Hours of solitary meditation,
Peeling back the layers of my self-deceptions.
I have stepped outside my own being,
Seeing myself as others may see me,
Bearing witness to this concoction of weakness and ignorance.
But mine is a willful ignorance,
Infused with the knowledge of that which I am ignoring,
All those signs and signals which I refuse to employ.
My failures, enlightened.
~ Russ Allison Loar
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