This was inspired by a “rant” I read earlier.  My experience is that people often mean well, but have no idea about the pain they cause when they step in to “help.”


Please don’t make excuses for me.
If people ask, just smile;
Let me answer for myself,
Even if it takes a while.


Please don’t make your own excuses;
Instead, speak truth to me.
Trust me to understand you;
Let’s walk with integrity.


Lay down excuses for the world.
We have power to do right;
We choose to build or tear down;
Helplessness is not our plight.


Excuses are not what I want;
Instead I look for truth;
To embrace the whole matter;
To go to its very root.


When you are tempted to excuse,
Please remember my word.
Allow me the dignity
Of knowing and being heard.

Published by lifehelps

I am like a rich tapestry, full of texture and color. I'm a musician, composer, poet, gardener, homemaker and friend. I worked as anLCSW for 22 years; as a socialworker for 26 years all told. Before that, I was a rehabilitation teacher. My passion is to come alongside others; to empower and bless them. That is why you will find plenty of variety in my blog. Two very important things to know about me is that I am a life-long learner - An explorer and sojourner. I also belong to the Lord, before you get tweeked out: I am not saying I am "religious." There is a huge difference between all of the rules and empty practice that often gets associated with Christianity and the kind of life that comes from being in a relationship with the loving God. May you find encouragement, inspiration, insight, good ideas and a laugh or two as you read my posts and comments.


  1. Very nice and deep poem. I was thinking about to make the right decisions and saying words which won’t lead us in need to make excuses.

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