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What Matters, and What Doesn't
Gautam Sen


Are you French or Indonesian
Or Korean or Papua New Guinean
Or Nicaraguan?
Are you black or brown
Or white or yellow?
Are you short or tall
Or able-bodied
Or disabled?
Are you dressed in suit and tie
Or just in rags?
Are you a cabinet minister, president,
Business magnate
Or man in the street?

It really doesn’t matter.

No, it doesn’t matter
(In the values scale),
Any one of these:
It matters very little
Or not at all.

What mostly matters
Is the heart ?
How big it is,
How stretchable,
Whether it’s purely physical
Or something more as well;
Whether it can reach out
And touch the mind;
Whether it has learnt the art
Of flying with the wind
To the far ends of the earth.

What mostly matters
Is the heart.

by Gautam Sen.
Used with the author’s permission.

Gautam Sen lives in Kolkata (Calcutta), India. Widely published in various print and online publications around the world, Gautam is the author of a nonfiction best-seller in India called The Mind of Swami Vivekananda, a children's novel, The Fantabulous Fens, and two volumes of essays and letters. Says Gautam, "My inner life has always centered round three things: my wife (my inspiration), yogic meditation, and my literary efforts. My wife passed into spirit last December, but my priorities have remained the same."

Post New Comment:
Sharon Urdahl:
"whether it can reach out and touch the mind..." Lovely and truthful. Thank you for the reminder of what life is about.
Posted 11/27/2012 11:56 AM
You have certainly beautifully cut to the heart of all that matters.
Posted 11/27/2012 11:06 AM
very inspiring as well as true...thank you ~ Judy
Posted 11/27/2012 10:32 AM

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