The Thief

I was selfish, resentful, dishonest and afraid.
I ran from my feelings and tried to escape my thoughts.
I didn’t know how to live.
I withheld my love and attention.
I wasn’t present when I should have been.
I robbed you of the only thing of real importance in this world.
I took minutes, hours, days, months and even years from you.
I stole the moment.
I know my actions hurt you.
I regret how I used to live and I ask for your forgiveness.
I have adopted a new way of living and I want to balance the scales I have thrown off with my behavior.
I know this will take a lifetime and I am prepared to pay this debt.
Today, I am the best son, the best father, the best brother, the best partner, the best friend and the best human being that I can be.
I will only become better.
Please allow me the opportunity to grow and heal this relationship as we move forward from this moment.
I offer you all of me.
I pay forward the greatest gift I have ever received and the one thing in this Universe that I value the most…
I give back to you what I stole…
Time.

~ S.D.

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