"I am a part of all that I have met,
and all that I have met is part of me."
Now sages tell us that the poet's song has meaning sounder yet
than even he
For acts that habit only seems to choose
exert a claim the will cannot refuse;
and I in time become
the means I use --
the self that governs me.
But, still, that self is partly fused within the fire of choice.
I learn to value and to strive for what I yet can be.
My values have their source in all that I have done and known.
They are the fruits of all the seeds
that I have ever sown.
And they, in turn, determine
all the dreams I call my own.
Yet, in the reasoned choice of means
to reach the goals that beckon me --
within the limits set by nature
and contingency --
I feel my will is free!
(by Pat Duffy Hutcheon)