Listening to Nina Simone, I heard a prayer:

“I’m just a soul who’s intentions are good,

Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.”

Let me not concern myself too much with being understood,

or misunderstood, for that matter.

Let me, instead, be understanding,

of myself, of others, of you.

Understand me, oh Lord.

Stand under me,

and may I so stand under those who misunderstand,

who can’t stand at all,

who won’t stand,

who stand over everyone they encounter.

May I stand under them, Oh Lord,

please let me be understanding.



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