Interrelationship – Thich Nhat Hanh


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