The Gift to Give Us

I blogged about this 4 years ago, but I actually used the quote today in a conversation.  Portion of a poem by Robert Burns, To a Louse. Robert Burns has written some good stuff.

O, wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us
An’ foolish notion:
What airs in dress an’ gait wad lea’e us,
And ev’n Devotion!

English translation:

O would some Power the gift to give us
To see ourselves as others see us!
It would from many a blunder free us,
And foolish notion:
What airs in dress and gait would leave us,
And even devotion!

I often am paranois, self-conscious about what other people think.  This would be a gift indeed.  Maybe I could just ask someone to tell me how they see me? Would they be honest?  Could they be if they wanted to?

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