We have our triumphs.
We have our atrocities.
Both need attention.
For every valley, deep and dark,
A flame of glee begins to spark.
When we cry out from mountain tops,
A time will come when feasting stops.
Do not ask “why” of suffering;
Don’t to despair or brightness cling.
Shadows fall and light will rise.
It’s all laid out before your eyes.
Life is not life without its seasons,
And darkness has no deeper reasons
Than to balance out the light.
So keep the longer view in sight.
What now is will soon be past.
Embrace the moment while it lasts.
Dance when you can dance.
Sing, laugh, play, make love, enjoy.
Life is hard enough.
Life takes all kinds.
Keep that in mind.
The truth you’ll find.
Life is all tension.
Leaning too far to one side
Leads one to blindness.
All is what it has to be,
Even in the darkest night.
Whatever befalls you and me,
We’re gonna be alright.
Things will rock and things will change,
Of course it all will hurt.
It’s but one end of the range
Of what happens on this earth.
Every thing we know and feel,
Death and joy and peace and strife,
Are what make existence real
All just part of living life.
For every light,
A bit of darkness comes forth.
The reverse is true.
Do I cultivate
My mind, body, and spirit
With equal fervor?
When’d we lose our fascination?
Why let life sap our elation?
Did we think we’d go unburned
Without some brutal lessons learned?
Do these dark moments render null
All in life that’s wonderful?
I might be of a rarer view
But I just can’t believe that’s true
Yes, I’ve loved and yes, I’ve lost
But I’m still moved by winter frost
Or changing leaves or a mountain top
Those moments when time seems to stop
My baby boy, with laughs and cries,
Does this great tension symbolize
Of course there will be times to weep
But our joy also we must keep
Life must be a balanced act
For just like pain, beauty’s a fact
Don’t let the scars that life will give
Deplete your will to truly live