The second time around

The first time I walk somewhere, I am too intent on arriving.
The second time around, I notice the trees and the birds.

The first time I watch a movie, I am too intent on following the plot.
The second time around, I grasp the director’s genius.

The first time I read a book, I am too intent on finishing it.
The second time around, I read between its lines.

The first time I meet somebody, I am too conscious of myself.
The second time around, I can listen to them.

The first time I do something, I go farther. I go wider.
The second time around, I go deeper.

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