I Ask

I ask, Lord, for daily bread,
but not for wealth, lest I forget the poor.
I ask for strength,
but not for power, lest I despise the meek.
I ask for wisdom,
but not for learning, lest I condemn the simple.
I ask for a clean name,
but not for fame, lest I condemn the lowly.
I ask for peace of mind,
but not for idle hours, lest I fail to hearken to the call of duty.

(a prayer of Inazo Nitobe; photo by CongerDesign via pixabay.com)

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