Ask, when the day ends,
“Did I love? Enjoy? Engage?
Did I truly live?”
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Listen with intent to hear.
Forgo all attempts to speak.
Tamp down all your pride and fear,
And instead be calm and meek.
Let your neighbor show their heart.
Show them yours in kind return.
Only then can we all start
To truly love and live and learn.
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What we leave behind,
Who we have helped, how we’ve loved;
That’s our “Afterlife.”
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When the shadows overwhelm,
With the Inner Critic at the helm,
It’s hard to see the value I
Might have in someone else’s eye.
I assume the same is true for you,
When you don’t know just what to do
In the face of your own Self-Defeat,
The scripts you’re not sure you can beat.
When you at this steep cliff arrive,
Wondering if you ought to dive,
Know it’s not too late to thrive.
The world needs you here and alive.
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The Path goes on it’s merry way;
No stopping, speeding, or delay.
How much travel have we missed
Caught in Sleep’s seductive fist?
‘Tis not the sleep we need for rest
In order that we do our best,
But that which keeps us from the Light;
That Sleep which robs one’s mind of sight.
We tend to walk distractedly,
Not looking up that we might see
How quickly life is passing by,
Our time a breath, a gasp, a sigh.
It’s time now that we fin’lly wake
And give our drooping head a shake.
Ignore the Circus, loud and bright
Let’s focus now with all our might!
There’s much to see, yes, much to learn
With every dip and every turn;
Twixt this Earth and the Sky above,
So many Ones for us to love.
Keep walking, turning, soak it in!
Now is the time. Awake! Begin!
Do not call it “bad”
If answers can’t be had.
Take a page from history
And learn to rest in Mystery.
No good before has ever grown
From those who claimed truth as their own.
Forsake such pompous vanity,
Embrace humble humanity,
And simply live the truth of love.
Leave the rest to God above.
Soak in every laugh and smile,
Each tear and struggle; in a while,
There will be far fewer days,
So take time now to stand amazed
At every breath your lungs take in
And every raindrop on your skin.
Waste no chance to love and give,
Take time NOW to truly live.