Good for You

By Sarah Wood

When you tell me,

As the highest form of compliment, 

“You’re good for me.”

I think of all the ways I would describe you.

Never do I imagine

Using words that would suggest back 

A relationship to myself.

I made a list of things that are “Good for Me”: 

Cardio

Flossing 

Probiotics

Sunscreen

I couldn’t put your name, 

Beneath these

Magicless, Consumable,

Things.

Tell me, could you even see me without seeing yourself?

Or did we mistake self-sacrifice for intimacy?

To love you without leaving myself, 

I have to lose.

To love me without losing myself,

I have to leave.

I don’t want to be good for you. 

I want to be whole.


Sarah Wood is a writer, TEDx speaker and mindfulness facilitator from Michigan, currently living in New York City. She is the founder of Joy Soldier™, a community and toolkit to help people lead more joyful lives. She loves finding new books, hummus, and good questions. Sarah has previously been published in the Huffington Post and Thrive Global.

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