Thoughts of a Chicana Feminist

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Who I Walk With

A Mexican dicho: "Dime con quien andas y te diré quien eres."
In English: "Tell me who you walk with and I will tell you who you are."


A famous poem - Footprints in the Sand:

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?”

The Lord replied,
“The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
is when I carried you.”

I resolve to choose with whom I walk.

I will remember I no longer walk alone.