“Life has given me a poor family so I could rich in my heart. Gave me brothers instead of toys so I could learn the importance of being a Humanist instead of a materialist.
Gave me a violent childhood so I could understand that it is up to us to make peace. Gave me bad teeth so I could learn what it feels like to be ugly, and pretty teeth when I already knew how to smile.
Gave me “dancing eyes” so I could turn my neck until I found my own balance and perspective. Gave me feet with tendon problems, so I could appreciate the physical pain of not being able to move. And gave me a doctor who knew how to operate when I had already decided that I was going to move regardless.
Gave me a heart so it could be broken, fear so I could face it, friends so I could see myself through their eyes, and love so I could share it all.
And gave us similar gifts, faces and bodies so we could look at each other and see ourselves.”