Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Every thought you produce, anything you can say, any action you do, it bears your signature.”
Old signatures are reminders of other times and tribulations.
The more mindful we are, the more methodical we become, not hesitant just thoughtful.
Some signatures we’d rather not recognize yet they are the effects of our every thought, word, and deed. Our footprints in the sand may fade but signatures do not, until we own them.
That’s accountability, accepting that we now know better; as well, we own the time when we did not.
There is much to be learned in the flourish of a signature, especially those times when our emotional drama—frustration, anger, fear–marked our every step. That is the common ground we share with everyone else.
As narrow a space as that may be, there is always enough room for a seed or two of compassion. It will not grow unless we own who we are. Compassion requires a signature from everyone.