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  • I am rep for Arts for Peace with Veterans for Peace.

    You are me, and I am you.
    Isn’t it obvious that we “inter-are”?
    You cultivate the flower in yourself,
    so that I will be beautiful.
    I transform the garbage in myself,
    so that you will not have to suffer.

    I support you;
    you support me.
    I am in this world to offer you peace;
    you are in this world to bring me joy

    1989. Written during a retreat for psychotherapists held in Colorado
    in response to Fritz Perls’ statement, “You are you, and I am me, and
    if by chance we meet, that’s wonderful. If not, it couldn’t be helped.”

    ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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