This Journey Jar holds a gift,

Serendipity's sincerest wish -

That you open what's within.

Let us be water & You be salt,

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To come in & just dissolve...

I take this moment as my gift,

Not to be opened then dismissed,

But to find out what's within.

Loving thanks to all You are

A daily Gift felt near and far

So for You, this Journey Jar.

Favors for the perfect event

Icebreakers with sentiment

Fortune-filled party accents

In the face of the upcoming unknown,

Know coincidences can help you grow

As you let what is to be simply unroll.

Close the books filled with old stories,

Because not even the very best of these

Can top your own unfolding mysteries.

There is nothing you need to cut loose.

There is no solution for you to deduce.

There are only paths for you to choose.

Clarity needs ample room to see true, so

Stay unattached from all points of view.

Free of a plan you will know what to do.

Healing arrives hand-in-hand with calm

To listen to whatever they called “wrong”

And through tenderness keep you strong.

Things get better - that is what they do.

As wishes can change, so habits can too.

It all starts with you, undeniably, You.

As you grow the faith to rise up and out,

You also outgrow status, pomp and clout;

Something amazing is starting to sprout.

Smile about where you find yourself now.

Give all due credit to your own know-how

With one great big, self-celebrating bow.

Who's around you reflects what's within.

So look to the Chooser before you begin

To judge anyone - friend, enemy, or kin.

All you can improve is your own attitude

So beware of feeling consumed by a mood

Lest you become that one emotion's food.

There's always a way to recognize lack -

Just a habit on which to turn your back

By leading your focus to positive facts.

Love in a big way - don't let love be small.

Remind everyone you appreciate them all.

Thanks to you, many more will stand tall.

Keep your heart flame burning brightest.

Though others ask you to tend to the rest

Stoke what brings warmth to your chest.

Time always reveals more, so just wait.

Have a lifetime view; you can't be late.

You see turns, but the way is straight.

Notice the souls you give the most time -

Do they offer goodness of body and mind?

Are they your example of how to be kind?

Insist on loving no matter what happens.

Turn away from “I'll love only when...”

Heart survives even its own time's end.

If you can choose to be kind or be right,

Choose to be One who prefers to be nice

And yields lovingly by remaining light.

This may be the time for you to be brave

And stand for yourself and others today.

Be here rooted in truth, come what may.

There is a world far beyond being liked,

Where you uncover more than you might

Once you put their opinions out of sight.

It may take all you have to get back up.

Know this is not a should - it is a must:

Rise again with renewed love and trust.

Bypass roads that run shrouded in dark,

That twist round corners or seem stark.

Head toward the light, guided by heart.

Know when you've had exactly enough.

Maintain yourself with focus and love.

Parent your desires; be firm not rough.

It is time to come out from your shell

Where things are ready to go very well

And give you incredible stories to tell.

Asking yourself is a most powerful skill

That takes as much honesty as pure will.

Ask again and again without an “until.”

Forget about limits - forget about clout,

Forget about all of that word-of-mouth. 

Forget about thinking. Be here and now.

Given the insight you now know to use,

Each of your senses can also help choose

The way that holds your greatest truths.

The words themselves are nearly useless.

How they're delivered is the truest test.

Forgo what's said to hear what's meant.

Today brightens or dims your tomorrows

Depending on if you sacrifice or borrow,

So one-by-one resolve all your quarrels.

Make action certain. Make action swift.

Make the kind of decision that is quick.

Nimble non-attachment has its benefits.

Consider as much as possible beforehand,

But when it's time, simply do all you can,

Not what you don't quite yet understand.

Require positivity of yourself. Insist.

Invites to fume or fuss or feud, resist.

Speak brightly as light piercing mist.

“Don't: others tried and failed before.”

Such talk takes time you cannot afford,

Because the work itself is your reward.

Everyone is unique in a different way so

Forgive and forget with no bit of delay;

Sun, let each of them be to you, a Ray.

Keep seeking flow as your way of being.

Always go deeper past what you're seeing

To what is most captivating yet freeing.

What you are doing is considered pursuit

Of what you have greatest attachment to.

Without your chasing, would it find you?

It's good to acknowledge areas of limit.

It shows you are willing to yield within

With flexible grace - a tree in the wind.

Don't say you can't - say that you don't.

Though you surely can, you simply won't.

Practice this until it is fully your own.

Who thus far has been the strongest force?

Who would you call your greatest source?

Who when you ask always says of course?

Lumping these all together is incorrect.

To split those up could be to disrespect.

So weigh what your decision will affect.

There is no place you need to be going,

Nothing critical for you to be knowing.

This is simply what it is to be growing.

Surrender to rest, don't push it around.

Once it overtakes you, give in, lay down.

When it says hush, don't make a sound.

Thinking you know, you may deeply err.

Only through feeling can you get there.

Head will assume but heart rarely dares.

Stillness will come if you just continue

To do everything that you are most into,

And be open to finding a favorite venue.

Be true to your word for its own sake do

Because new worlds unfold for people who

Decide, then proclaim and then execute.

Wait before calling circumstance unfair.

Instead find the opportunity to be aware

Of what needs work, and precisely where.

Wanting it all is a part of being human;

But you will only be truly wealthy when

Just your feeling it is all that's needed.

Stay outside of it a few moments longer.

This will make your perspective stronger

And help your imagination do its ponder.

It hurts the worst yet blooms brightest,

Wherever failure has drained you driest;

Soak in this rain and grow your highest.

Looking at the effort you've exerted,

Has this made you even more certain?

Do you see another door you can open?

Sometimes, you'll do best to disappear -

Put yourself where you are nowhere near

Influences that would cause you to veer.

Being good to yourself can mean to stop.

Let all the tasks and appointments drop.

Raise your busy hands and let them flop.

You are still doing more than you might

Were something else to hold you alight.

Do a bit less. It will all be just right.

To understand, try to breathe like them.

How air moves can tell you what's meant

And can even tell what they'll say next.

Let go of all the emotional belongings,

Reminiscences, grudges and old longings

They're too much for you to be hauling.

Belief is a perfect substitute for knowing

Since it makes sure interest keeps growing

Until you find your own seeds for sowing.

You do not have to accept what you see.

And may even do better to rely on belief

Until this seed looks more like a tree.

Being spontaneous you defy resistance,

Master momentum, overtake opposition,

Surprise everyone and blow past criteria.

Stop talking to those who fuss and rage,

Rattling against their own imagined cage.

Nurture a peace that surpasses your age.

Interrupt whoever drudges up history.

Politely redirect talk of dark mystery.

Mind all that travels conversationally.

There is no need for defense or retreat

Once you decide to be unmoved by defeat

And choose to become impossible to beat.

Until you can move on, keep your spirit

By being mindful of who you let near it.

Among noisy folk will you even hear it?

The one who's asking, “Oh, but what if?”

Would be better off just looking within

To see there is only from here to begin. 

With words speak caringly and sparingly.

Master other means to convey unerringly

Whatever needs to be expressed unwarily.

Stop wondering what anyone else thinks.

In your plan that will make some kinks.

Opinion gets stale and then it stinks.

Waiting can serve as a precious aspect

In pursuing a goal and looking ahead.

Anticipation can be energy well spent.

Health extends from a healthier center.

Tender areas - use tenderness to enter.

So be gentler on yourself, far gentler.

Be polite with your faults - be polite.

No “How long until they turn right?”

Realize they obey only loving insight.

Rough self-motivation is just as rude as

A teacher shouting the lesson in school.

Loving-kindness is more powerful fuel.

Hold your tongue as you would a feather;

Your ears and words are closely tethered

And turn the world when used together.

Your body tells you it has had enough.

There is little point remaining rough.

A master is flexible - not just tough.

Your body has spoken, so do not delay.

It keeps telling you in its gentlest way

That what is within can no longer stay.

What if you have nothing left to earn -

No new next offers over which to churn?

You're richest when you forget to yearn.

Your mind's job is to fish for reasons,

To deliver a why, no matter the season.

To refuse to accept any isn't treason.

Going forward takes more than spending,

It takes humility and true heart rending.

Even in life, the soul can be ascending.

Become bored by villains, plots and twists

That busy your mind yet all wisdom miss;

Lovingly trust where each one's role fits.

Expectation can stifle joy. Be mindful.

Explanation can go unending. Be final.

Happiness loves growth, not survival.

When you need to ingrain better patterns

To maintain focus on what truly matters,

Light the way with love as your lantern.

Keep leading your mind back from there

Because of what awaits it's not yet aware.

New benefits are to be found elsewhere.

Listen closest to what is sitting silent.

Clues that were never openly expressed

Point directly into what's truly meant.

Which part of you will you let choose -

The one that usually gets you to refuse,

Or the one that always finds your muse?

How it feels makes all the difference

As your choices make the most sense

When they're also full of sentiment.

The value comes from what you don't get.

Endless options remain within “not yet,”

Which means no goal is ever truly unmet.

You are gathering allies as you go along

And sometimes the mix will feel wrong.

Difficult partnerships make you strong.

If it is not light, it is probably heavy.

Moving it, a high toll on you will levy.

What's weightless will give you plenty.

Replace what's heavy with what is light.

Get plenty of sleep and dream at night. 

Wake up to goals that grant new sight.

This is just what becoming looks like -

No longer back there, nor fully in sight

Peeling back layer upon layer of mights.

How necessary each and every mistake is:

Flawless for triggering learning within.

Bow to lessons that come from each miss.

Some search for themselves by using you.

While yet an honor, it has nothing to do

With your purpose or what you're up to.

Turning back to find the way is silly.

It is not warm back there, it's chilly.

Turn to the sun as if you were a lily.

When wants can just be, you've arrived.

Most never challenge the voices inside

That are a shallow part of being alive.

Whatever unravels you again and again

Is just asking life's toughest question:

Whatever you want, can you first lend?

Giving up the old welcomes in the new.

Now to figure out what to give the boot:

It's for the practice, anything will do.

Drop should-haves, maybes and oughts;

Lead your mind toward its best thoughts.

Show it what body and soul have brought.

There is a time to be wary of extremes,

Of mosts and bests, without in-betweens.

Neither glut nor starve, do remain lean.

Trust the hints that you are receiving.

Though words and acts can be deceiving,

Your body grants the truth of feeling.

You first summon your power by deciding.

When you do the work, you're fortifying.

Again and now your power is multiplying.

And sometimes it takes one huge push,

A grueling effort, a send-off, a whoosh,

If your Will were a sled dog, a “Mush!”

You will know when you have tried hard,

When effort relieves you of your guard,

And nothing you've ever done is on par.

There is a more powerful self in you.

Build a life in which it is invited to

Show off abilities you never knew.

Tranquility is something all your own -

Something that lives within your bones,

Something that in your posture shows.

Stop all that unconsciously apologizing,

Yielding time-space without recognizing

Mindless retreat keeps you from rising.

You've outgrown fitting in with anyone,

Heedlessly brilliant as the noonday sun.

Just being yourself you warm everyone.

Acting on impulses will humble you when

You are asked to deliver the words again,

Forced to replay what you barely meant.

Be as interested in giving as in getting

Because it is as important to be letting

Others enjoy the pleasure of begetting.

Whether as a member or out on your own,

See that your truth always stands alone,

And the mirror reflects one well-known.

Being whole by yourself is impossible -

The world has awaited you most of all -

Both you and your gift are inseparable.

Be whole first. Become a part afterward.

First you find your own inner wonderful,

Then you help unveiling the same in all.

Be with it. No matter how hard it is.

Don't turn away. You dive directly in.

If it hurts, hurt. Hold up your chin.

The feelings will go and you will stay.

So be with what you know to be underway

And allow everything, including a delay.

Remain right here and see for yourself:

You don't need anything to enjoy health;

Just as you are, you define being well.

To keep the crowds out of your garden,

Post up signs, implore visitors' pardon

To not step where you've worked hardest.

Mend your fence and latch up your gate.

When the need comes it may be too late.

Boundaries are nothing to leave to fate.

There is so much to have gratitude for.

When you begin, there'll be even more.

Thanks opens for you a spiritual door.

You need to refuse what they're offering.

It is not time for you to be broadening.

You need to be deepening and softening.

There is something to be said for focus.

It trains us to set up our own locus of

Sharp thought so nothing can yolk us.

They may know more than you do today.

Best to silence inner backtalk and wait

To hear everything they have to say.

You might know more than they do today.

So keep quiet a moment more and refrain

From doing as told or believing hearsay.

Move your dream forward one step today.

Come up with some half hour-long foray.

Confidence grows from little hoorays.

Your certainty makes you more effective.

It convinces them you have perspective,

And then renders your charisma electric.

Life is long. You have time. Calm down.

Wake up. Open your eyes. Look around.

Wiggle your toes deep into this ground.

Try another approach and see the results

But whatever your theory, don't give up.

You're farther than you had dreamed of.

You can regroup, retrain and rebound by

Leaving those who prefer to trend down.

Upward again might mean turning around.

You are wise to turn from some journeys,

To roll up those maps and sound retreat,

When just pressing on is just unhealthy.

No “figuring out” or “working through.”

Just pause right here, where within you

Flows power you've barely begun to use.

Add no weight to heavy feelings.

Free of them, no longer kneeling,

You are sheer lightness of being.

The reasons are rarely as loud as news,

But latest events are not of much use.

Stick with clear thoughts as your tools.

This time allow the passage of some time

Before interrupting with logic and mind.

Step back and appreciate this grapevine.

Today is your invitation to shed layers,

To be rid of charlatans and soothsayers,

To start over with a new set of prayers.

Are you sure this you knows what's best?

Have you eaten properly and gotten rest?

Are all your senses sharpened and fresh?

Speak too soon and you may rouse a riot.

All the better if you can covertly try it;

Keep your goal warm, close and quiet.

Try pleasant, flexible and eager today,

And if blocked, creatively another way.

Get your chosen results, come what may.

Be true and truth won't be hard to find.

Be forgiving and everyone will be kind.

Be brave and you will unlock your mind.

The error of judging them is behind you,

Mastering forgiveness and starting anew.

This time around, let opinions be few.

Treasure this living wisdom you hold,

And trust that it does not fully unroll

Until you go and face your unknowns.

Your spirit whispers to you via feeling.

Let in these sensations without reeling.

Being as prayer; emotion's the kneeling.

Emotional routines carve unmeant masks

That others copy to make their own cast.

How you choose to feel spreads and lasts.

This is all you need: make the decision.

Don't be too attached to fine precision.

Trust in the wisdom of your disposition.

Trust your gut - your wordless instinct,

Your sage giving teachings most succinct.

Thanks be to the way that you're linked.

Give your likes and dislikes equal say.

Take no sides until things are underway.

Whichever asks more of you, by it stay.

Surroundings influence all your beliefs.

Surroundings tell your eyes what to see.

Choose your own surroundings carefully.

So do the right thing at the right time.

To the trigger let your reaction rhyme,

And best of all if it can be oh so kind.

Indeed, timing makes all the difference.

Act too early and instead erect a fence.

Too late and the action makes no sense.

Your friends are mirrors to well behold,

All of them copies of the self you mold.

What does each of your reflections show?

And now get ready to outdo yourself -

Precedents are there to surpass or else

You risk sitting your power on a shelf.

Now are you ready to let go of the rest?

To redefine what it means to be blessed?

To be what you've given, not possessed?

Whatever you cling to should go out next

To put your comfort zone to the test and

See with or without, you remain blessed.

Dislike means you still require clarity

And self-forgiveness to accurately see

That everyone makes up your “Me.”

Discover more by observing yourselves -

How each reacts when someone delves

Deeper than what each normally tells.

Successful your every chosen endeavor,

Provided you prepare for daily weather,

And just as often, expect to do better.

Time now to decide what you want to see

Of the world and who you're ready to be

Because you have enough to do anything.

Be right here where your power resides,

Drifting to nor fro despite rising tides,

Floating on the tranquility deep inside.

Faithfully follow your plan for the day,

But of course be open to destiny's sway.

If asked to, unquestioningly give way.

You embody what is precious about life,

So drop here now, any remnant of strife.

In this, your enlightenment has arrived.

Know you are living your life perfectly.

You have overcome what no one will see

To become this example of manifesting.

Today brings another treasure trove more

Of uncanny, precious coincidences galore

Delivered right to your schedule's door.

Be as deaf ears to their negative words.

Mind your manners as you inwardly turn.

Save hearing for what helps to be heard.

Use patient ears to hear negative words.

Someone is trying to convey their hurt.

Open heart, toward love and light turn.

You must be done with correcting others;

Passion breathes but correcting smothers

Via revisions the sentiment of Another.

Neither fact nor opinion lives eternally

So why should you feel anything but ease?

Take a breath and enjoy the witnessing.

You did what fit for then. This is now.

Past is just a When. Focus on your How.

Give all you did before a farewell bow.

Do activities that build up your being.

When not busy, find yourself practicing.

Potency is in simple acts of preparing.

Can you recognize what makes you whole?

Whenever you eat, do you feed your soul?

Will you discover truth past being told?

The day is meant for little investments,

Small, key decisions, subtle sentiments.

Where you are going's a half step ahead.

Today runs on what was possible before.

From here your options increase tenfold

Provided you let the future stay untold.

Freedom and access - these are worth it.

The ability to step on in and be certain

That each option is pursuable and open.

Is your initial intention still here?

Do you honor it or just keep it near?

Could it redefine what you hold dear?

Your intentions are supposed to change

As experience gives you a wider range.

Revisit what you want again and again.

Masters of details are junk collectors.

Pupils of perspective are the investors,

The ones to search out as your mentors.

Escape your own rules. Run free. Go far.

Faster, take flight. Find your lucky star!

See? Its shine just reflects who you are.

You can be disinterested yet discerning,

Serenely detached while deeply learning,

Bearing witness to the endless churning.

You can figure this out. You are ready.

Aim with sharpened sight holding steady.

Target what's across from what is petty.

Go face the source of all this confusion,

Through each of its fine veils of illusion

And bring this chapter to its conclusion.

Choose a fitting attitude. You're ready.

Focus on your feeling. Don't turn heady.

It will work out, even what seems petty.

Attitudes reflect you the same as clothes:

Too big or small and people will suppose

You don't check yourself from top to toes.

Wear attitudes that express your heart.

No need to put on what will fall apart.

Just as you are, you are a work of art.

What you give freely always makes more.

It's the magic little spell by which your

Release triggers endless deeper stores.

There will always be new places to go,

To taste or to touch or to see or know.

Life is long, so make your process slow.

Climb the higher ground toward your goal

By sacrificing today what's comfortable.

Self-discipline is worth itself in gold.

A sense of purpose will keep you healthy

And if it does not also make you wealthy

The reward's just nearby being stealthy.

You need to make a most personal list,

Tasks out of dreams that only you fit.

See what the doing does to you within.

How you do today is what matters most.

Be lively, do not haunt it like a ghost.

As guest, see the day as gracious host.

You are a waking aspect of your dreams,

Using what sleep gave you effortlessly,

So enjoy this part with masterful ease.

Expectations are weeds - clip them back.

Garden well, and what threatens, attack.

Uproot each and every sprout of a lack.

You will find stillness outlasts skill.

Hiking mindfully beats dashing uphill,

And serenity is a better ally than will.

Grace beats effort so, work on your flow.

Shift from doing only what you can show.

Become the spirit that harmony bestows.

Cherish your life in day-sized servings.

Weeks, months and years are all unworthy

Of focus because they're ever-diverging.

Experience yourself not just the events.

Lest you find built round you some fence

Edging you outside of your own presence.

Choose all your foods quite consciously.

Whatever things you decide you will eat,

Ensure each reflects your deeper belief.

What nourishes you changes all the time.

Have to be listening to hear the rhyme -

The gut's verse followed by the mind's.

Body's needs first, heart's desire next.

In this order, you'll only feel blessed

Whenever love has for stamina a test.

Do you laugh from the belly or the chest?

Do you forget about whatever comes next?

Does this lightness make you feel blessed?

Untangle from your stories - be set free.

What is behind you is a disproven theory

About who is here now and has yet to be.

Make Levity and Lightness your friends.

A life lived with laughter knows no end;

Its tales retold rebirth laughter again.

Spread allies out, around on each side.

You never know when you'll be surprised

And need someone else to turn your tide.

When the time to fight comes, be quick.

Swiftness can make you uneasily tricked

And ensure that to your plan they stick.

Key is to focus on just one front, else

Jeopardize the whole point of the hunt.

Relentlessly chase what it is you want.

Opponents go in front and allies beside,

Familiar territory stays at your behind,

You as the center, leading from inside.

Allow negativity to exhaust itself out -

To hoot, holler, fuss or scramble about.

True positivity has no message to shout.

Limits and delays are mostly dreamed up

Because who knows the right schedule of

The plan your destiny makes from above?

Refuse to judge it, and it will move on.

Stay where you are. Be consciously calm.

You be the landmark that you base upon.

Appreciate every one of your cravings:

How they can instigate some misbehaving,

Yet thanklessly handle daily lifesaving.

Savor times between wanting and getting.

They're when you see what you're letting

Jam up your present by never forgetting.

Forgiving transforms you, it truly does.

It rewrites your past in phrases of love

And ensures the future will rise above.

To feel obligated is to ignore yourself,

Lose your time and squander all wealth.

Choose all you do: this creates health.

Obligation should make your skin crawl.

Duty will build around you a high wall.

Instead let your mindset be charitable.

When thrown off course, orient yourself.

Do an assessment of your overall health.

Keep track daily of what you last felt.

Make small shifts with intense patience.

Search until you find the ideal occasion

To alter yourself, your finest creation.

Time to look at your current direction

Side-by-side with your life momentum

So you'll recognize useful connections.

If you can see confusion up ahead, turn.

Chaos leads one way - straight to a burn.

Closer to harmony, it's easier to learn.

This is all to peel away your eggshell,

To shed your before as enough and well

And to convince you a new story to tell.

Choose that least certain opportunity,

Since it's the only vantage point worthy

Of showing you who you're waiting to be.

Too many work hard; too few work smart.

Savvy ends where the strong back starts so

Conserve your power and use other parts.

No one lies to anyone before themselves.

Whether it is from you or someone else,

Deception points back to a heart unwell.

This is but one way to see things. Tilt

To notice how your perspective's filled

With details that only matter until...

Health isn't an investment; it's a way.

Forget tomorrow's benefits - notice today

How a bit of exercise helps your brain.

Step outside of it to walk its perimeter.

Reposition and get an accurate measure

So that from any angle, you are assured.

There is no point in forever responding.

To hear yourself should get you yawning.

You're the sun - it is time for dawning.

Be mindful because your thoughts attract

Vibrations that always reverberate back

To key people that magnify or detract.

Everything has proof of your potential,

Whether spiritual, physical, or mental.

Anything you think or sense is tenable.

Are the rules necessary, or convenient?

Do they cheer you on or watch, silent?

Can you tell which ones are irrelevant?

The heart doesn't have nearsightedness.

When you use it to see you'll find this,

That they haven't found their way yet.

Words tangle the truth. Softly simplify.

Show with your ways you don't jeopardize

The world each of them treasures inside.

Accept apologies with very special care,

Boldly delivered only by those who dare

To forgive their ego's not being aware.

Difficulty is neither friend nor enemy,

But that from which you choose to see

Each violent wave or one peaceful sea.

Dream before dawn and do before dusk,

This is the life you've chosen and must

Honor what elders in you did entrust.

You must consciously make time to relax.

Unplug all connection. Forgo more facts.

You gain ground when you just sit down.

Give up social norms for personal depth.

Deviate from all those regimented steps.

Your destiny is an unpaved path ahead.

Kindness will heal you from within when

You touch wherever your blockage begins.

Illness versus love? The heart will win.

Do things that build, bridge or blossom.

Check in with everybody often, being a

Living example of all you taught them.

You will need to claim your own space,

So get away from those whose words raid 

Your ideas before their base is laid.

Reasons only seem deeply important. It's

Really how much feeling you afford them.

Your whys bloom as much you adore them.

Sleep waits at the other end of strength,

To prove you have done your best when

At day's end you crave nothing but rest.

You are the source of truth you seek, no

Additional corners around which to peek.

The mind just full of training is weak.

Rise - it is now the time for you to rise.

Head to the mirror and look in your eyes

To learn from the master you are inside.

Rise in relation to where you have been.

That was fine then, but not once again.

It is never too late or soon to begin.

There are no one-size-fits-all methods.

You must be listening to all your senses.

Each says what another didn't mention.

It is only about what is true for you,

With no one to whom you owe any proof.

You are on a path that is totally new.

See this from that other point of view.

It's not absurd, it's simply new to you.

If you were them you would do it too.

The brain will overspend its attention.

You should stay focused on the lesson.

Patience is worth more than intention.

Body needs mind as mind needs heart.

You are less useful without every part,

Like canvas by itself trying to be art.

Feel and then think; think and then do,

In this order and you'll follow through.

To bloom, you need an emotional root.

You bear as much as you can surmount - 

More of a feeling than measurable amount

So gauge by your heart, not a headcount.

What provokes you is what improves you,

Just as waves make jagged rocks smooth.

The trick is for you to simply not move.

This is when you need to be impatient,

To refuse to be stuck in the station, to

Go get yourself reliable transportation.

Things either fill space or make room.

What you own should not also own you.

Everything's highest form is servitude.

Make the space to be loved and be lover.

This becomes impossible amongst clutter,

So, out with what takes you no further.

Give it the time it requires to happen.

Even though your patience it's sapping,

Somehow find a reason to keep laughing.

Overstimulated minds and toddlers whine.

So unplug from it all from time to time.

We each have a child to parent inside.

What makes you healthy is unique to you. 

Eat nothing but what your gut approves.

Attend to it all the whole way through.

By neither apathy nor habit be overtaken

Because whenever one of them's forsaken,

It blames the other for troublemaking.

When injured, rest, reflect and recover,

Or else one pain will turn into another.

Guarding wellness puts crises asunder.

Everything deserves full consideration -

How to respond when in conversation and

When to slip into silent contemplation.

The day's an hourglass filled with sand;

Each soul you meet a grain yet so grand.

Take every chance to extend a kind hand.

You're quite ready to see on your own.

True clarity you have found and grown.

It perceives, no matter what is shown.

Leave preferences aside and get moving on,

On toward your own daily innermost dawn,

On toward the whispers from your beyond.

Though you feel ready enough to burst,

Before you set out to quench this thirst

Decide which priorities will come first.

Turn toward the changes; face into them.

Courage and crisis make a perfect blend.

Each is the one that to the other tends.

Don't believe you have to have it nailed;

Learn lifetimes from those who've failed

To make a plan by which you'll prevail.

Slower and steadier and not a stampede,

Controlled power is just what is needed.

Make sure all the guidelines are heeded.

The moment you rise is when to begin.

Instead of expecting this chance again

Use today to grant the wishes within.

As every drama has a cast of performers,

Every regime has its mass of conformers.

Have you memorized any scripted orders?

To live for the future is to live a lie,

And the past is a life you must let die.

If this isn't obvious only you know why.

Your skin is a symbol: your boundaries,

Where thriving safely ignores disease,

As important as fresh bark on a tree.

When emotions rise and rage, face them.

You will be threatened but never taken,

Because you already decided to awaken.

Let your heartbeat be your guide today:

It races when there is something to say

And slows when life is perfectly okay.

Pay attention to what ebbs and flows and

Look past to what neither comes nor goes

This is the You without highs or lows.

Tend to the gentle upkeep of your body.

Head swiftly to bed when it is yawning,

And get up when a new day is dawning.

Be generous without sparing.

Be unique without comparing.

Be hilarious without caring.

Are you there more than you realize?

Ask someone with a fresh set of eyes -

As denial can put on a clever disguise.

Love each one and have no expectation.

Come what may, find cause for elation.

Your smile has a life-giving vibration.

Time will sweep away all these details.

Your explanations' uses eventually fail.

Take this chance to pull back your veil.

If you love what you do share it freely

Because once you manifest your dreaming

Wealth has already started streaming.

That coat was perfect for those storms

And now it is quite tattered and worn;

Please take it off and wear it no more.

You'll find shiny things along the way,

Some will save time, others will waste.

At your mind's yard, do guard the gate.

If someone is certain they are in crisis

Little you'll do to turn them from this.

Do not address what they claim's amiss.

You'll be ready, while others hesitate.

You'll get up and get out and navigate.

You'll be the one who sets it straight.

You've gotten all this way without it -

Though its lack has sent you into fits.

So you had no need, not one little bit.

Focus on what you're feeling, not doing

And with time, skills will keep accruing

And with ease, you will keep improving.

A bounty is soon to be bestowed

From all of the seeds you sowed,

Blessings of a garden well-hoed.

What made you think you could accept

Not what's special but just what's left?

Don't, that habit will leave you bereft.

What they do may even deeply annoy,

But irritation is the mind's best ploy.

Work on yourself; see past this decoy.

It is uncooked opinion that alienates

By exclaiming before it contemplates,

Letting true conversation go to waste.

Dear Most Beloved in All of Existence,

You are hereby freed of past resistance.

Love's with You until forever infinite.

You might not be as aware as you believed

Of who you are and of this Self perceived.

You're beyond anything you can conceive.

All preferences are misconceptions,

Your mirror's long-past reflections;

Use fresh thought, not recollection.

The signs might be in front of your face

But your thoughts can all proof replace,

So perceiving grants you power to erase.

No one needs lessons to sing with heart;

To do so, training doesn't help you start

To discover your source and stand apart.

Think of a time when you lost your voice

And see if you had already made a choice

To silence your inner expressing of joy.

There's nothing to buy, nor to believe,

No one to follow, nor for you to lead -

Only roles to shed, here and now to be.

In your recipe, they would be the spice:

Some pungent, riling; others mild, nice.

Flavoring is just that - not core advice.

You're going to be relearning as you go,

Because of the gradual way life unrolls:

You do and do and then deeply know.

You'll assume you've been here before,

The familiar faces and feelings galore.

It's a misjudgment you should ignore.

Whenever you run straight into a block,

Some surface of sheer, impassable rock,

There's an entrance to find and unlock.

Appreciate ordeals that feel harder still,

When the intended goals go unfulfilled,

When all you truly are and own is Will.

The sun will certainly beam once more,

You will bloom even better than before.

Thank the darkness and what it was for.

Keep yourself a little bit unsatisfied,

With something still irking your pride.

Your wings are built to soar not glide.

A fool tries to fit a week into a day,

To do it all, rushing every which way.

But life's finer things require delay.

If an “I love you” feels transactional,

Stop. Give an “I love you” intentional,

Letting your “I love” be unconditional.

Forgive yourself first. Have you truly?

Mentally, emotionally and spiritually?

Let go. You deserve to live peacefully.

Be at peace with disappointing others.

Wiser to beware their fog of druthers,

Smoke that blinds before it smothers.

About what comes first, next and last,

That stale advice belongs in the trash;

Live life in to out - not front to back.

What does succeeding have to do with it?

Put your focus on the movement within.

All lose who think in terms of some win.

You can let go of understanding your why.

Just watch it unroll in its own due time.

You are the first line - it is the rhyme.

Not everything need be quite so obvious.

Over-explaining proves you need to trust

That a knowing flows through each of us.

If it were time to, you'd already know.

It is time to produce, so less is shown.

It is time to recognize your very own.

When exploring, don't cut your own path:

Duck, bend and turn. Make your way past

What may be landmarks for the way back.

Keep on. Forward! Ignore those voices,

The ones that offer distracting choices.

Momentum will drown out side noises.

Small gains are better than ones grand:

Proven by an hourglass versus its sand.

Prove this yourself, by your own hand.

You'll need neither to abhor nor adore

The idea of an endless pursuit of more;

Just set your own goal and of it be sure.

Where does your mind travel to soften?

Where does your heart need no caution?

Where do you find yourself most often?

If you could see more of what others see,

You would be energized with an urgency

To hurry up and make what you believe.

Delay for as long as your ego requires.

Existence can wait a much longer while,

Or you and Habit could just reconcile.

If fortunate enough to do what you love,

Then blessed enough to benefit everyone,

And tasked enough to stop and rest some.

Out loud or not, you've heard it before:

“Why can't you do just a little bit more?”

Answer, “That's not what I'm here for.”

What you're doing is sowing the seed,

Tomorrow's steadfast and fruitful tree

That'll sprout, spread, shade and feed.

You're given a gift; do you go and sell it?

Do you move to take ownership or credit?

Just how should you share what is given?

For all of the effort you put into selling -

Into figuring out what's most compelling

Could you let your values do the telling?

Your ego is too concerned with results.

That is why it pressures you to consult,

Trying to save itself from the catapult.

Which one's routine, which one's ritual?

Which one of your habits feels spiritual?

Which inspires you to be unconditional?

Old superstitions might bully new ideas,

So to their warnings make it very clear:

You are doing something original here.

Remain right here in the grip of the storm

Knowing deep inside you're safe and warm

Going through this in order to learn more.

Your difficulties are not all dreamed up;

The uninvited are drinking from your cup

And need you to tell them that's enough.

Keep on thinking about your alignment,

About what you need to be most vibrant,

About where to best await fate's timing.

Resist their current before you get caught.

Spend more of your time where you ought,

Outside the flow of your river of thoughts.

Expect the mind to deliver you doubt.

Give it some attention, just not clout:

Stop and listen if the warning shouts.

In food and fitness, spend generously.

Be well through these - not medically.

You will benefit more than physically.

As good as it is to know your dislikes,

Which activities fill you with delight?

Choosing these will shine your light.

To the thoughts that have yet to let go,

That in years haven't one lesson shown,

Tell they are unwelcome in your home.

Unkind thoughts must be thrown away

Lest over anything else they gain sway;

Let love and understanding own today.

Recognize when you have nothing to say

And see if some words come out anyway.

If so, to your silence more attention pay.

There are 1,000 paths to 1,000 places so

Welcome the one in front of your face as

A road to be enjoyed at a personal pace.

Of the things that jeopardize your life,

The cruelest assassin works from inside,

Using familiar cravings as its disguise.

Become better at knowing the way back

Because when you find yourself off track

You need only draw upon workable facts.

You're wonderful, not for what you think

But for what is more You than instinct -

For the way your love keeps you linked.

Blaming yourself for the setting sun, or

Bragging over wars your ancestors won?

Neither serves, so both can be given up.

It's possible you're being too relaxed

About what you'll need to stay intact.

That said, start keeping better track.

Speaking holds an energy that recreates,

Breathing life into all one contemplates

Echoing - ears to mouths - it circulates.

Pull yourself away from too much study;

Memorizing turns a mind's waters muddy

By implying that what's unknown is ugly.

Rebuild yourself, brick by sturdy brick,

Habits as cement, to the good ones stick

Aligning as you go, mind each next pick.

Does your destination still feel true?

Is it where your heart is leading you?

Is it close enough to be within view?

Perhaps you could use a bit more training,

Some help to reach where you are aiming,

Something to give your lion some taming.

Wake from daydreaming. Get to work.

Put your schedule and structure first;

Digging a well takes more than thirst.

Thoughts have a smell - some truly stink.

But when you journey to emotions' brink,

Forgiveness will freshen up all you think.

Making yourself out as hero or villain

Is limiting - even if it feels fulfilling,

A role too flat for anyone to be filling.

Say no, give in, and try to say no again.

Was what you felt worth that hesitance?

Was anything unmet by being resistant?

Turn right around and knock once more.

But this time knock harder on that door,

And when it opens, go on in self-assured.

Stick to your principles. Do not budge.

Be as unmoved by a shove as by a nudge,

For you answer to your own inner judge.

Your passion is your power ignited,

Which is more than feeling excited,

It is being what's just been lighted.

Something unmistakable fills your eyes.

Something about you can shift the tides.

Something in you just makes this right.

If only you knew how beautiful you are,

Those other voices would sound very far

As you took your place among the stars.

Treasure the aging of your lovely being.

Even greater than what's for the seeing:

How you keep birthing deeper meaning.

Do take the time to reach out and touch

Those who are not asking for much, just

Acceptance, a bit of affection and such.

Once you behold something as lovely,

And let it turn your insides all bubbly,

You have vanished the concept of ugly.

It is all about the words that you use;

Everything else just serves to confuse.

Expression is beautiful from any view.

Lasting changes arrive in odd packages

So when receiving, the best practice is

To be as open to gifts as to challenges.

If you get the chance, take fate's dare

Look it in the eye with an impish glare

At least for a time, chase it anywhere.

Beautiful, lulling spots along your way

May have much to show but little to say

So look more than listen - do not stay.

Pick any friendship to take measurement

Of how much is heard, how much is said.

If there's an even mix it is far from dead.

Sharing ideas is a partnership practice

That both opens up and lightens baggage.

Such an alliance can brave any passage.

Take advantage of every chance you can

To tell your story where it's in demand.

Wit accomplishes more than the hands.

Go on, keep enriching yourself with

Daily-earned savings of inner wealth

By doing things that treasure health.

Laughter is priceless. Treat it as such.

With fun folks, spend time, and much.

If hurt, it eases the need for a crutch.

Treasure those who find ways to despise;

Their misdirected abilities to recognize

Are the ones we use to regress or to rise.

Key people will be there along the way,

With just the right word to know to say

To instruct you in how not to overpay.

Take not as genuine that which is guile:

A venomous snake also appears to smile.

Stand still and watch from here awhile.

Before you vouch, make sure they qualify.

Listen to accomplishments, not to alibis.

Choose making sure over answering why.

There's a time for nurture, a time to go;

Needing parenting is a thing to outgrow,

Shedding the seeking of anyone's say-so.

Some say that love is a fiery emotion,

As intoxicating as some magic potion,

But love is more than a sensual notion.

If even now they are still looking back,

Reminiscing, narrating, rehashing past,

Are you in fact with those who will act?

When you need one, a teacher will appear

To grant lessons or to speak into your ear

What your soul has been waiting to hear.

You mean more than you will know to

People who just seem to come then go:

Your impact doesn't need you to know.

They're all part of your transformation

Regardless of the details or situations

That feel to you like inconsideration.

Your defiance in the face of the storm

Is a noble yet misdirected venture, for

It comes, not to surprise, but to warn.

The ones who fret are constantly plotting,

Rooted in all of their conspiracy-spotting.

Outgrow them so fast you need repotting.

Part from those who sell light to the sun

Whose goal is to do a thing then be done;

The gift is to find how to serve everyone.

Those who find problems, always find more

Though you carry solutions to their door.

Stop trying to win their inner civil war.

Take as long as you need to come to peace

To the spot where inner accusations cease

And things do not worry you in the least.

Perhaps what you have to do is be there

To convey to someone that you do care

Or that of their struggle you are aware.

Your role is to simply start the legacy,

To be the first who helps others to see

That giving is the best way to succeed.

Smile at challengers - right in the face.

Via clever surprise, leap and give chase.

Via wit and will, put all in their place.

It doesn't matter how long it takes you

Because that which appears to delay you

Only proves it's impossible to sway you.

Be aware, just when you hit your stride

And the conversation leans to your side,

It's your ears that should be open wide.

If you catch yourself correcting another

Stop yourself from speaking any further

Until you can appreciate what you heard.

And with whom you had most in common

Are those who misunderstand most often

That as you change, toughness softens.

There are benefits to looking your best

To inhaling all the air into your chest

And inviting the world to be impressed.

There are all sorts of little mysteries

Things that are tantalizing to believe;

Don't get tangled in retelling's weave.

Place your focus beyond your own self

To things that can make everyone well;

A broader vision is, by itself, health.

Is it better to have well-sharpened wit

Or just an awareness of when to give in?

Sometimes the one who loses truly wins.

One way or the other, you are an example

Either by letting your reactions trample

Or taking steps that are lovingly ample.

What may sound like a rough delivery

Is your latest lesson's outer packaging

Well worth whatever inconveniencing.

Don't get caught up identifying them -

Allies or adversaries, foes or friends,

Since everyone benefits you by the end.

Some people just prefer to oppose you -

It's something you'll have to go through

To discover all that you're supposed to.

Stand by your truth in every situation.

No matter what their latest permutation,

It still goes against your inclination.

What you consider to be the right thing

May instead be your identity deflecting.

What is your ego still busy protecting?

The trick over time is to entrust more

Of tomorrow to those closer to its door

As you mature into awareness evermore.

You have to get to it, without thought.

Thinking can get tangled and distraught

Where doing gathers only what it ought.

Be mindful of whatever deal you request,

Because it does not serve your interest

To finagle a way out of a pivotal test.

Avoid saying things you don't truly mean;

Be quiet in the vastness that lives between

What's to be done and where you've been.

Ever since you rounded that corner,

Why has nothing returned to normal?

Because you're on a new way forward.

There are 100 ways to go where you wish

This would be obvious if you were a fish,

No paths - a whole sea in which to swish. 

Find a good friend and tell it to them;

Hear how it sounds and then notice when 

They ask you to say what you said again.

An uplifting friendship is best of all;

It comes to find you whenever you fall

And goes on reminding you to stand tall.

Enjoyment, comfort - these aren't enough

To be your complete expression of love.

You are Everything, not a part thereof.

You be the one who decides your beliefs.

Think about every single thing you read.

Be a pupil for only as long as you need.

Give what you can and give it more time

To mature into something one-of-a-kind

Into what invites you beyond your mind.

If you will work, you will not be denied.

Even if the weather decides to be unkind,

Don't be among those who sigh, “I tried.”

Listen only lightly to those who boast

And claim of anything to know the most.

For now let them serve as humor's host.

Take lightly the commentary of a critic

Who prefers to look for the fault in it

Rather than stand for, beside or within.

Fitness can serve as your best medicine

To keep any negativity from getting in

And keep you focused on how you'll win.

Not everybody likes laughter or a smile

From not having shared either in a while

But yours will remind them to reconcile.

Help others, but take care of yourself

So you're giving from a place of wealth

With both physical and financial health.

Whenever big words surround small deeds

It means someone is stuck in their weeds

And needs to first find a place of ease.

There is no lack, not in any given thing

You simply decide, then get in the ring,

Step, tuck, advance and take your swing.

If you stay focused on one single goal,

You might lose sight of You as a whole.

You are love itself, you are not a role.

The news might trigger your deepest rage

A feeling you had put in a thought-cage.

Face it and rise to a more honest stage.

Some people say things that truly hurt

That make you feel as low down as dirt

Which is where growth awaits rebirth.

You may be given a most unpleasant offer

That is but an opportunity to not waffle

As you reject what you deem to be awful.

Forgive yourself for the role you played

In triggering someone's unpleasant ways.

You helped lead them out of their maze.

You're naturally and constantly training

Everyone around you to avoid complaining

So the goodness becomes self-sustaining.

Infatuation with dates, facts and names

Is one form of love but is not the same

As daring to touch and risking the pain. 

How long will you force yourself to hear

Words that roam, drift, wander and veer

From what your heart has made so clear?

Being who you are is being nothing else

Except that which makes it clear to tell

That you honor yourself by living well.

Fall no farther past where you are safe.

You know the place you should never stay

That can far more than just time waste.

Bad examples can provide the best advice

Needing to neither be packaged nor nice.

Listen to every life for the lessons inside.

Small decisions have the biggest effects,

With greatness or not, each one connects,

So create a schedule your mind respects.

The best lessons are easy to understand

But hard to await patiently as they land

As lightly as a butterfly upon the hand.

You need more than walls to make a home

And more than money to live on your own:

You need to love who you are when alone.

There are golden people in your history

Reminders that you are more than worthy

Of a loving living and of living lovingly.

Everyone may say, but you won't hear or

See it until you can look in the mirror

Loving yourself day-by-day ever-dearer.

What they see is only a delayed reflection:

Where you were, not where you're headed.

You do not owe them their misconception.

There are those who need you to react

To keep their inner world view intact:

Lovingly disarm all their petty traps.

You succeed alongside who you befriend;

Time is the money you must daily spend

Funding those on whom you will depend. 

There'll be no problem you cannot solve

If you open your heart to forever evolve,

Watching all you let go simply dissolve.

You are your best when you do far less;

You are not You when you harbor stress.

You are so attuned when in quiet quest.

So much is perfect the way things are

You should inhale before raising the bar

Enjoy what's close before traveling far.

Truly, sometimes some things choose you

Because you are either ready or willing to

Welcome whatever they blossom you into.

Stop measuring how long it's been for now

You should stay focused on what, not how;

You've already made your ancestors proud.

This is a necessary stop along your way

To reorient, assess and some homage pay

To your process, but you must not stay.

The time for celebrating has moved on.

Without worrying something is wrong,

It is time to do what keeps you strong.

What you're making will last a long time.

Others will use it along their own climb.

Find their future thanks in subtle signs.

Allow your example to be a bit of a mess

So others can relate and not feel stress

As they try to copy what in you is best.

It's good to live by a code for a while,

To focus more on discipline than style,

But quit before your rules merely pile.

Of the powers beyond your understanding,

You should be eager, but never demanding

To learn from each how to keep expanding.

Something incredible is already waiting

So very nearby to where you are staying

Nothing you do will cause any delaying.

The way you express your joy is healing

Especially when your laughter is peeling

You away from every unpleasant feeling.

When you can create as part of a pair,

And offer up your soul completely bare,

You'll channel power found only there.

Protect your center. Protect your core.

Above its strength there's nothing more

Important for you to be working toward.

What within you is deadly intentional

About remaining multi-dimensional?

Why be anything but unconventional?

Let serendipity be your daily companion

To guide you out from thinking's canyon

By the light of your own heart's candle.

Putting positivity into every word said

Signals gossip's vultures high overhead

To flap elsewhere for the dying or dead.

Symptoms are rarely immediate; Be aware.

If today's choice is made with more care,

It gives tomorrow so much less to bear.

It won't come from speaking your mind -

It will come from being quiet and kind.

Watching is what will help you unwind.

Ask everything you allow into your body,

If it will keep you safe or make you sorry,

And refuse whatever answers, “Probably.”

Go over each thing you do, thoroughly,

And check that it is still unswervingly

Taking you to where you want to be.

Pull yourself away from a daily routine

To talk to someone you do not normally,

Who is sure to have just what you need.

Keep the strategy but change the tactics

Because so far you've only been half in,

Though more of you is ready for action.

Revisit some of your less pressing goals

To see which ones are now stale or cold

And which if any can still serve a role.

Protect your nest but know when to stop,

So you do not end up hatching some plot

To take away what someone else has got.

When you hold firm to what matters,

Even though all else be torn to tatters,

Commitment is your rescue ladder.

Least important is where they come from;

Rather be sure you share the same tongue

In matters of positivity, work and love.

The conversation is not worth your time

Unless it is of that special engaging kind

That makes each one of you look inside.

Time for a transformative connection,

Not just one that upholds convention,

So start by asking a better question.

That question you assume to be relevant

Comes from a practice all too prevalent:

That right answers are the ones to get. 

If you don't get just what you expected,

You must see that it is you being tested

For what you yourself actually invested.

How you send someone off after a defeat

Is a chance to perform a most noble feat:

To bow to their graciously given treat.

No one's going to show you the right way

Ask the supposed experts though you may;

This is one part of the price you must pay.

Nothing you think was done so in malice;

Certain people simply have a special talent

For showing you where you're off balance.

You're not interested in going back to

Letting your needs be met impromptu.

This is the reason you do what you do.

Life has a way of always getting better

If you follow this advice to the letter:

See goodness in every season's weather.

Dedicate yourself and get right to work

Ignoring anyone who says you can shirk;

Shortcuts turn into self-inflicted hurt.

Do not obsess about it - just calm down.

Something inside you knows the way out.

You will never need to worry about how.

Do you go where the welcome is warmest?

Or are you now willing to brave the forest,

Where favorite comforts may be poorest?

It's the result of each and every habit;

The routine is what reaches to grab it.

The craving did not create the pattern.

You've been growing all this for years,

Watered it with blood, sweat and tears;

You cannot stop until everyone hears.

Just relax and lean back on experience,

Proof you needn't fret nor turn furious

As life likes you to not be too serious.

Get things ready for what's on the way.

What needs to go and what should stay?

Make haste as if you had only this day!

And while they are sharing their worry,

Permit your mind to go off on a journey

To anywhere else and return in no hurry.

So much more of your history would clear

From knowing more about those most near.

Uncovering that is not why you are here.

If conversations take a superficial turn

Don't let your impatience ignite or burn

The listening lesson you need to learn.

It only seems petty because of your eye

That's trying to focus elsewhere nearby

Instead of upon this answer in disguise.

Be firm, don't let anyone dissuade you.

Your decision was key, and made through

A steady, unshakable willingness to do.

Be flexible and open to their suggestion

Because regardless of a hidden intention

Every new idea raises a useful question.

The future you dream of, is it external?

If so, it's but the smallest of a kernel

Of a treasure that is already internal. 

Speak your mind, then hold your tongue.

What your words do is not easily undone;

Wisdom is verbally lost and silently won.

If you aren't being heard, then be quiet

Until you determine to once again try it

With whichever words best quell a riot.

You're en route, no matter how you feel

So why not go on and sweeten the deal by

Choosing a lighter definition of “real?”

Give out compliments; wait for none back.

Whether as words or thoughts, you attract

Adoration in too many ways to keep track.

If you find yourself repeating yourself

Take your common sense off of the shelf

For it's time to listen to someone else.

The memories help when times are tough

But reminiscing because today is rough, 

Misses the fact that here now is enough.

Keep on creating - no matter what comes,

Don't try wondering when you'll be done

Just focus on effort mixed in with fun.

If you're doing it right, days speed up

And fill with things you had dreamed of,

When you keep expressing what you love.

Wherever any loss of momentum begins,

Use your mind's spotlight to examine

Which daily goal was too easy to win.

You can't be expected to master it all.

In some areas, your standards may fall.

Get up until you once again stand tall.

You might not be at peace with your past

Until you reframe those circumstances as

Your life birthing itself through chance.

Those who want better will try to do so;

Don't be a judge of what you don't know.

Many who struggle try hard not to show.

There are so many powerful words to use,

Your holiest act is to mercifully choose

Which to deliver and which ones to lose.

If you were asked about your intention,

Would your answer also include mention

Of your living in that same direction?

Once you are done wanting and getting

Come to the place of intention-setting

Manifesting more in living by letting.

You became whatever your life required

Just as you now keep yourself inspired:

By always aiming a little bit higher.

It is you who brought all of this about

Without so much as a scream or a shout;

What if you were to let everything out?

Eventually there are no leaders to model

Just one path-paving intention to follow

Keeping you, in the best of ways, hollow.

Go ahead call it dark, call it so lonely

The whole point is that this is the only

Set of stairs up to your innermost holy.

Assuming you prefer your power to last,

See through the mob's tendency to dash

And to your own intention be steadfast.

Ultimately, in the end, who really cares?

Were you supposed to just sit right there

And pretend their fears make you scared?

Temper prowls with mouth open wide,

To devour whoever will not move aside

And take the flow of events in stride.

Again they're asking you to play a game

Which each and every time ends the same:

With you wondering why you ever came.

You grow apart, even without any strife

This is purely the ebb and flow of life

So don't let theories or tales run rife.

Stop rummaging through all that trash,

And sifting other people's campfire ash;

Let today be today and past remain past.

What happened, happened for a reason:

To turn all of your doing into being,

As you unroll this feeling's meaning.

If your words are missing the hearer,

Perhaps you must make it much clearer

Via means that bring you even nearer.

Conversation is such a life-giving act;

Half skill, half ritual best kept intact

Doing more than resuscitating facts.

You may not have been seeking this fight

Yet here you are, asserting you're right

Instead of using this to deepen insight.

Be ever mindful to deflect the chatter

That pulls you from what truly matters

And leaves woven thoughts in tatters.

You come, you go; you shed, you grow.

Only in darkness can you see it glow:

A star in the direction you must go.

Allow them to frown upon your quietude,

To disapprove and demand more of you -

You keep still until you have no mood.

It is important that you grow a feeling

About whatever you hope to be achieving

To direct and drive your every dealing.

The hardest decisions you have to make

Are pointing out which excuses are fake

And letting them go for your own sake.

You are obliged to use your critical mind

To think your own way through this time.

You must do more than hope it goes fine.

Use what you gain to let something go;

What is overgrown has no room to grow.

Your inner landscape could use a mow.

Where you get stuck, take special note:

This is where there's no room for rote,

You will become the expert they quote.

Sometimes, for a time, you need to quit

So you can come back with a lighter grip

And by letting go, be true to your spirit.

Check on their work before they return.

Pay those who sell, just what they earn.

In business, charity is not the concern.

This image of success that you've drawn,

Is there some example it is based upon?

Or is it the sketch of an unseen dawn?

Any hesitation to do as they suggest,

Or urge to stop listening to the rest

Is your intuition saying what's best.

Whenever you're tempted to put up a fuss

Consider the urge itself to be humorous:

A burping baby ego starting to spit up.

Perhaps the best part about a second try

Is that you get to focus entirely on why

And really get to know the inner guide.

It comes from where you least expect -

The guidance you will be needing next,

So be open and have both ears prepped.

When things slow down it's time to stop

To be thankful for that which you got,

And even more so for what you did not.

Tip your chin up, because you don't know

Who is watching and needs you to show

An example of gracefully making it so.

Above all, it's time for you to reflect,

Await patiently and with all due respect

So when it comes you will deeply connect.

You did, it did not. That is that. It is so.

Thoughts run everywhere yet nowhere go.

Let today's be straightforward and slow.

Your body requested the right remedy

And hopes you paid attention especially

By silencing that know-it-all tendency.

When it doesn't seem to be about you,

But about what you can selflessly do,

You're rich because you contribute.

Sometimes you may be swimming in tasks

And to assist you no one seems to ask;

It's that your abilities are so vast.

Only trust advice that is proven by time,

Not green buds from someone's grapevine.

Who has the ripest fruit for your mind?

You have thought all this through before

So trust in yourself and revisit no more;

Build up with all of that as your floor.

Work with yourself a little bit longer

So you can become a whole lot stronger;

It's almost time to divide and conquer.

You've done so much - stop and remember.

You grew this blaze from just an ember

And given love that will last forever.

To find the way to your heart's desire

Look at your list of priorities entire

And rearrange your day as it requires.

Where others stopped is not far enough;

Because what they considered too rough

Is just where you must drop some stuff.

Because time is the only asset you get,

Part from everyone you find wasting it

And study anyone who's schedule is set.

Certain incidents need to be forgotten,

Not because they're particularly rotten,

But because they don't help you broaden. 

Tricksters will come to spread confusion

And offer you more than a few illusions,

None of which you need to be choosing.

“I don't understand why they act so...”

Is an attempt to forget what you know:

That everyone has their own way to grow.

Your anger is part of you for a reason:

To defend you against emotional treason

And arm you with your own inner legion.

You can predict what is going to happen

Based on all of their previous actions,

So you already know just what to fasten.

You were speaking before you were fluent

And building before needing a blueprint;

Continue to trust in your own movement.

Whether intentional or just by accident,

If it keeps you from your accomplishment

Then it is the opposite of an advocate.

The reason you're being treated this way

Is not to have negative things to replay

But to learn when it is time to disobey.

Right after you reach this next plateau,

See all the new directions you could go,

But to each and every one of them, “No.”

Take a closer look at what you are doing

Are you eating or just endlessly chewing?

Put finishing power into your pursuing.

To move forward you need not look back,

Though from behind, some try to attack;

Trust your allies to guard your tracks.

As you are bringing life to your dream,

It is vulnerable in this place between,

And needs you to leave all who demean.

You are comfortable here for a reason:

You know how to dress for this season;

But your wardrobe is becoming uneven.

True, you should stick to your talent as

Success asks more focus than balance,

But work where you are most challenged.

Have your gratitude and yet remain open

To all that comes with what was chosen.

Your future with so much more is loaded.

Hopefully by now you look back and see:

Progress walks closest behind adversity

So ease is exactly what you don't need.

Or you can find out by taking a detour;

It helps to go where you're not so sure

To recognize the one path that is yours.

If you dislike the term procrastinating,

Then think of it as an internal debating

Only won through attempts, not waiting.

As you align, the ideas will overflow,

Blending with what you've already grown

To make something that is all your own.

You have to trust that greatness builds,

Never outward from more and more frills,

But ever-inward from daily-honed skills.

Keep your head down. Work on your craft,

Closed workshop door to let in no draft.

You need to be driven, not well-staffed.

Gather up treasures as you journey along

So that even though your journey be long,

You will only become increasingly strong.

They're wise to as far as they have gone

And past that, can only steer you wrong.

Reposition yourself to where you belong.

There is most certainly a price to pay:

What you were in exchange for this way;

Every tomorrow in exchange for this day.

Keep yourself organized because of this:

Whatever response will need to be quick,

And you must know where everything is.

You have done well to not get roped in,

But before you declare an official win,

Look well at what next thing you begin.

Living is only ever about how you feel:

Though motivations are easily concealed,

They are all your mind regards as real.

In the faces of those you don't yet know

Is where to catch a glimpse of your soul

As they reflect to you what they behold.

Must it sound the way they say it should

To make a difference or to even be good?

Are you here to be, or to be understood?

Everyone is traveling somewhere special,

So if you can't help to speed their vessel,

At least help them keep to their schedule.

Hold this ground. Do not advance.

Plant both feet. Own this stance,

Unmoved - as if deep in a trance.

Your habits are as waves in your ocean,

Keeping everything you start in motion,

Drowning out every unproductive notion.

It does not have to feel good every day

So long as it still makes sense to stay

On a path that heads this general way.

Whatever you feel as if you have lost,

Came to the bridge that it had to cross

And paid in pain what the toll cost.

If you understand that seasons change,

Why not embrace your own heart's range

And think none of your moods strange?

When will you allow yourself to be You?

Stop saying you don't know what to do!

You know it all, including the truth.

Whether you remember how to or not,

Be grateful to whatever you forgot,

Because enough is as good as a lot.

The decision is not between that or this

But whether to consider a loss or a win 

As the same, and just keep surrendering.

Since there are so many forces at play,

You do best to let go, come what may:

See how everything happens anyway.

All this effort you are prepared to use

Should instead go to help you to choose

Which of your stories it's time to lose.

Whether just ornery or downright devious,

Some take up your time to rant and fuss -

Guides in disguise who make calm a must.

Imagine yourself overcoming everything

All of the pride that that would bring;

A dream victory's still occasion to sing!

Busy? Tired? At the end of your limits?

Experiencing life via tasks and minutes?

On your way home or just paying visits?

Here, new habits don't look like much,

And so for now, let faith be your crutch

Until they manifest what you can touch.

Become entire

As air is to fire:

Give up Desire.

Rather than impress,

Take sincerity's test:

Use gain to own less.

The time for travel will soon be over,

Not like turning from drunken to sober,

More like no longer needing to be covert.

It's just the words, and nothing else,

So don't invite your high-minded self.

Fewer words generate greater wealth.

Observe you yourself listening to this,

That so simply put - everything exists,

Including there being no need to get it.

Once they go, then you'll have the gift,

Not all at once - rather a gradual shift.

You've been chosen because you uplift.

Someone is waiting at your next plateau

With climbing details you need to know:

Which rocks to dodge and which to hold.

Even in the darkest one of your moods,

Even if there is barely a sliver of moon,

Toward that, all of your attention tune.

Certain memories that still feel like loss

Are not at all about you paying life's cost,

They feel like this to keep your heart soft.

Change is taking its own sweet time,

But it is coming as you will soon find,

So stay flexibly strong, body and mind.

You are the result of all your trials

All these years over all these miles,

So seal with love all your old files.

Console yourself - it is not about you

But about what they are going through,

Searching their inner world for truth. 

You are wise to make this deeper root,

As winds of change are blowing through

Removing whatever can be pulled loose.

Sift their words for pebbles and chaff,

Ideas that do not keep you on track or

Untested advice that may set you back.

Now get outside - breathe in some air.

You stagnate in here. Go get out there.

Be out with Nature and without a care.

You root in the past more than you know,

As proven by that certain way you say no

Whenever you forget 'as above so below.'

When mulling over which path to choose,

Make peace with what you intended to do;

Build upon what already comes from you.

Put it off for as long as you need to,

But eventually you must tell the truth

About what is no longer in you to do.

We never lose that which matters to us;

It simply asks us for a new level of trust

When it transcends what can gather dust.

This is the time to look it in the face,

To be duly firm, to put it in its place,

To embody power that embodies grace.

The choice is not between this or that,

But between your path and a given track;

One's forever forward, the other, back.

First, line everything up the right way:

Closest to what's most important stay;

Head into yourself, not into the fray.

It is good to have two different goals:

One to dream toward and one you can hold

To make it impossible to ever grow old.

Neither win the future nor beat the past

But completely do today's clearest tasks

And when you can, be thorough, not fast.

Being understood will never be required.

Just keep findings new ways to be inspired,

Looking only and ever and inward higher.

You are allowed to grieve and sit awhile

But listen closely for the voice inside.

When it says to return, do so in style.

What it leads you to, through, and from

Are new ways to grow in truth and love,

And challenge what used to be enough.

Work on your words until you are sincere

Not just saying what they expect to hear

But expressing what is loving and clear.

Improving your process should come first

Because it does more than quench thirst -

It unleashes flow not occasional spurts.

After the plan, the feeling will remain -

Because it's about much more than gain:

Growth is in your heart, not your brain.

So much of it lives within the delivery

That you will excel as soon as you see

What you can give instead of receive.

Open your arms and the world will come

It wants to respond with so much love

And meet you in your pursuit of fun.

Your intensity will never be a match

For what easeful alignment can catch

Nor for an itch only time can scratch.

Shrinking from it can only shrink you

So be brave and come out to introduce

Yourself and offer terms for a truce.

Generosity even toward your inner miser

Because by opening your arms out wider

Your inner creator becomes the decider.

Now close that door that is still ajar -

There's plenty to do here where you are

And you are the most qualified by far.

The planning is done. It is time to do.

Enough thinking. That time is through.

Begin the routine and begin with you.

Remember that this is only a projection

Of your thoughts and more so intentions

Even the ones you prefer not to mention.

It's time to change your whole approach

Even if this calls for getting a new coach

Because habit on progress can encroach.

It seems easier to do what you're doing

But you only gain ground when improving

Because it requires conscious choosing.

You'll be amazed. Just take another look:

See how much everyone loved it and took?

Remember which spices you used to cook?

Offer a question instead of a defense

Whenever asked to explain your intent;

Where you're going - not where you went.

Activities are not what get it done -

Aligning, like a blossom toward the sun

Is how an easeful life should be run.

It's already here, just line things up

Like using a waterfall to fill a cup -

You'll be getting more than enough.

When you are done, it will just be shed;

When other things interest you instead,

Not a bit will dwell inside your head.

Some prefer to take it all in at once.

This is a habit that is rarely undone,

So just tend to your own digestion.

If it irks you - how they keep taking -

See in you something is still blaming

Others for the crime it is evading.

And if it must be more than once daily,

What you have, even if unwillingly, is

A habit that makes it harder to be free.

Beware of advice that is based upon greed,

That implies there is something you need

To win it all or from something be freed.

What within you prefers certain words?

Is something trying to take two turns?

Would it prefer you somehow unlearn?

Hold your humor close to your heart,

To greet with laughter, not tear apart

Anyone bumping into your day's cart.

Give yourself permission to move on,

To be freed of being Thought's pawn

And raise the sun of your next dawn.

A rut is good, both to measure how deep

A thought can dig a hole and go to sleep,

And how high to escape you have to leap.

This isn't one to think your way through

But one to find you being something new,

A painter creating an as-yet unseen hue.

Thank your thinking and now let it rest.

For what comes next it may be but a pest;

Heart is your home and mind but a guest.

Mistakes are the soul of transformation,

Teaching you focus through tribulation:

Less judgment and more contemplation.

Onto your approach, does it makes sense?

Which part of it is feeling odd or dense?

How could you feel light yet immense?

It is as foolish to blame your reflection

For a blemish you see in its complexion

As it is to find the fault in the tension.

This is a wonderful journey. Do you see?

By deciding today will go just perfectly

Because joy is in choosing momentarily.

That was only something you used to do,

Congratulations! You cut yourself loose.

Look ahead. Never dwell. Simply refuse.

Though it betrays your values, you do -

To keep the peace and make it through,

But this takes an improper toll on you. 

It may not be time for the actual words,

But you can start simply living it at first

So the blossoming can go on undisturbed.

It is time to be more than an observer.

It is time for you to go even further -

Into what inspires your deepest fervor.

It is good to face occasional doom

To be reminded not later but soon

To keep your adaptability in tune.

Stand in this. Be in every bit of it -

Even parts that you'd rather not admit

And when you do, labels cannot stick.

The answer does not need to come to you,

Rather it is you who will come to truth

By daily doing what it is that you do.

Starting requires you stop sitting there;

With no special feats or any oath to swear

It's about beginning regardless of where.

Gifts can get thrown out unintentionally

Unless we decide to sort conscientiously

What belongs inside versus on the heap.

Are you sure this is what you should do?

Yes? Then refuse to take on anything new

Until this is ingrained, not just true.

Keep going - some days will be very easy

And others may make you feel very queasy

But a climb leads to where it is breezy.

Every day leave one unkind word unsaid

And you'll soon speak with a clear head

About even that which once caused dread.

You have one job - to keep progressing,

Not to be measuring or second-guessing,

Or even spending your time confessing.

To help you decide, think of it as this:

Any of those you will eventually quit,

But the right one is here as you sit.

Change is only necessary if you say so;

Staying the same brings benefits also -

Like learning how to maintain a flow.

Enough of trying to meet their demands

That always use the work of your hands;

Root your two feet. In stillness stand.

You can listen regardless of interest,

And hear if a heart is being addressed.

If not, words are just making a mess.

Thought-circles will dizzy your peace

For years until you tell them to cease

So you can distinguish west from east.

Preparation will be behind you soon;

Through the work you have been hewn,

So now see yourself as well-groomed.

Figure out a way for it to remain fun

Because you'll recall when it is done

How fully-enjoyed, not how well-run.

A mind on the task and a heart on hand

Will ensure you are doing all you can

To help some fly and let others land.

There is little use in being a judge

Of that which has no need to budge so

Dismiss your inner court with a nudge.

If you can look past each circumstance,

And past every opportunity to advance,

You'll see your genuine, actual chance.

Without any of it, you'll still be you;

Not your oldest things, not what's new,

But what notices points to your truth.

So much of what you carry is irrelevant

But you simply do because it's expected;

Why not bring more emptiness instead?

It is by being present that you have seen

The many places to which you have been

So try being even a little more serene.

Less fun alone, so find temporary guides

Who invite you to explore places inside

And take a tour of all you have tried.

You can be comfortable you chose right,

And at very least you prevented a might

From ruining your well-deserved delight.

Keep your wants few and your needs pure

To be free from endless hunger for more

See if of this fact they are even sure;

No one else can direct you exactly what

From your daily rituals you need to cut

So decide for yourself which is a rut.

You will come across it everywhere else

So why not start right here with yourself?

Work solely on your own highest health.

In matters of eating, fitness and wealth

Find one way each day to push yourself:

Do what you learned despite what's felt.

Spend time on bringing people together;

You are the sun in their day's weather,

The kite to which they love to tether.

You need to inhabit this space above all

And let other activities around you fall

Away as you rise, stretch and stand tall. 

For now, just find out a little bit more

So that you build on a foundation sure

Something that will work and endure.

Don't worry much about whether it will,

Just pay attention to honing your skill

And forget even the idea of an 'until.'

Look again at how things are laid out;

Do they reflect what you're all about?

Is everything set in the right amount?

Be patient until the right people come.

Until then, there is work to be done -

Refining yourself and being your One.

When it is right, there is no knowing,

No trial with evidence to be showing -

Only a feeling that just keeps growing.

Take time for your own sake, take time.

Down the long road awaits the sublime.

Your impact is a poem; you are one line.

Recognize this place you've reached -

Proof you learned by letting life teach

And take you from your familiar niche.

If you wish it would all go more quickly

Your mind is heading somewhere prickly;

To your heart's time just keep sticking.

Safeguard by investing in your own idea,

Something that uses your current career

To look where your vision is most clear.

Prosper by pressing in one new direction

In which your tuned powers of perception

Can repurpose your well-learned lessons.

Sometimes none of it will make any sense

And you'll have to decide which elements

You're going to acknowledge as relevant.

You need a day off - a day just for you;

There are many ways to see this through,

And each must leave you nothing to do.

If you're hearing from just one source

You're ignoring life's far greater force

Available all along your entire course.

It is time to reach out to other ones

Who can help you get much more done -

And show you what you find most fun.

It may not matter as much as you think,

Though this may feel as if it's a brink;

It really is as fleeting as one blink.

No need to decide, simply be as you were

And notice when the heart begins to stir

And when all else just becomes a blur.

Use your mind to point to every option,

But let your heart pick, no precaution;

This is the journey - not some auction.

The pieces are coming together perfectly

With some imagination you'll clearly see

Not far ahead, the breakthrough opening.

Keep your space clean and keep it clear

So that confusion has nowhere to appear 

And inspiration knows it's welcome here.

All your tasks contribute to your goal,

Provided you can do them from the soul.

So tell them they are part of the whole.

You weren't meant to tend to everything

Since you're the only one who can bring

A life expressed with your special zing.

Focus is waiting for your sacrifice,

Not to ensure things turn out right,

But to re-aim with sharpened sight.

Do you think of the end when you begin?

Do you lead with your nose or your chin?

What comes out is based on what went in.

Some things are simply here to refuse -

To remind you you should always choose

Bare feet rather than too-tight shoes. 

You don't go backwards by doing it again

Though toward the longer way you'll tend

As everything within asks, “Now when?”

Deal with it before it gets any bigger;

So far there is nothing it can trigger

Since you outdo it in will and vigor.

It is going to go exactly how it will,

because nothing goes differently until

You can master the art of being still.

Look at what you are doing to yourself

To see whether it benefits your health

Or just echoes what someone else felt.

The new way awaits your certain say-so,

Which comes once you head-to-toe know

It is solely about imagining your flow.

Set out with more than a running start

To give even more support to your heart

As it does what makes you stand apart.

Ranking yourself from expert to novice

Only adds sand to a desert of nonsense;

Keep your focus on remaining conscious.

When given the words you prefer to hear,

Treat your ears as eyes that keenly peer

Past them to what quickly draws near.

Lead your way by being perfectly clear

Because whether or not they even hear,

This is how the heart learns to steer.

Remind those who matter that they do

And you will expand what is good into

Infinitely more: the power of gratitude.

When someone resonates deeply to you,

Pause to find out what else they value

And this may uncover more inner truth.

Even though the delivery seems awkward,

Welcome helpers and send away blockers;

Life is about what moves things forward.

The best you can do is to give it time,

Not having that impatience of the kind

That expects the fruit without the rind.

When all the inputs start to overwhelm,

Remember you are a captain at the helm

Able to sail toward any chosen realm.

When there are too many new things to do,

Is precisely when you need to kindly refuse

To be pushed, pulled or in any way moved.

And if it had happened in any other way

You would not have this awareness today;

Gather your regrets and throw them away.

It's best when you listen to feelings

Despite the cures that sound appealing

And take your own journey of healing.

Let it out - you are allowed to complain

Because it can bring relief to the brain

Which is not meant for carrying disdain.

Don't let their wording steer you wrong;

You're where you wanted to be all along.

You'll never need to argue to be strong.

And if they were to do as you requested

What you built would never get tested or

Show you who else is actually invested.

Once you give away what matters most

You become the universe's gracious host

Keeping nothing but your openness close.

Take the time to pick what matters most

By looking at the things you keep close

And revising your list of who you host.

A breakthrough need not be announced

Because it becomes even more profound

Without interruptions from the mouth.

Enough of the items - on to the action;

For planning brings far less satisfaction

Than genuine, meaningful interaction.

No need to feel burdened by the pile;

When you can at least once in a while

Laugh and give it your silliest smile.

Take a moment to see it from the finish

And see what stress this does diminish;

To be most effective, remain a witness.

Choose someone to be your muse today.

Someone right nearby or very far away

Who is for you the same as a sun ray.

Neither overrate nor downplay this time

All of the work you put in to harmonize

But let your own conclusion materialize.

Training is the reason you act this way.

The grooves were cut deep so you'd stay.

Escape options? You have a whole array.

If you let your thoughts linger here,

You'll train them in a loop to steer;

Decide and let it be perfectly clear.

Perhaps the truest words you can bestow

Are ones that tell the unwelcome to go

For they do not help your garden grow.

If someone is inviting you to criticize,

Be an example of other ways to describe

What simply is versus what is desired.

Some lift you up and some wear you down;

Those who tend to leave you with a frown

Are telling you to go tread new ground.

To you, it feels like a poisonous thing.

To them, the holy ritual of complaining

Is worth their unquestioned sacrificing.

You needed it, but now complain no more.

It helped you sweep your feelings' floor

In preparation for new blessings galore.

Anger is a defense. Now end your war.

You do not need to fight against or for

What was only ever meant to be a door.

You may not realize it's time to rejoice

Because you have grown, using your voice

And so replaced obligation with choice.

This thing you are choosing not to say

Will end up getting in your future way.

Spend time while you can afford to pay.

Welcome the tears. They are a good sign:

You are tender and vulnerable by design.

Love - you need no one else to be kind.

Enough thought about what you'll begin!

The day to imagine's the day you are in.

It is the proven habit that's the win.

Your mind has no clue of what is perfect

And just uses that as a ruse to deflect

From how key it is for you to connect.

A slow start should always be preferred

Over a haste in which lines get blurred

To be fully present for all that occurs.

Be mindful of what you tend to produce;

Does it put your goodness to good use?

Does it let even more creativity loose?

Whatever stays stable will resist change

And this applies the same to your brain,

So spend more time with the unexplained.

What you don't question picks at you

To pry your weakest assumption loose

So reevaluate your whole way through.

Put more focus on the how than the what

And more time with the if than the but;

It is the sharpening that makes the cut.

Pay attention to your mood when you pay:

Ecstatic to be making financial headway

Or eagerly anticipating your next foray?

It is only important that it is yours,

Not to feel justified in starting wars,

But to be poised to open new doors.

If you get tired, take that as your sign

That part of you is getting left behind.

It should be a deepening - not a grind.

A challenge that makes you feel queasy

Need not be gnawed on until it is easy;

Feed it to one who can enjoy it deeply.

As unpleasant a thought as it may be,

Things are only ever called upsetting

If unflattering angles are reflecting.

And if you feel the need for a change,

That is easy enough for you to arrange;

So much more difficult to just remain.

Whenever you think what's needed is aim,

That's just the ego casting false blame;

A most perfect life would look the same.

Even if you're only gradually gathering

The things others say are worth having,

You can lose what should be mattering.

Some of what you're left with is useless

Except as practice for becoming ruthless

In turning predatory thoughts toothless.

You're able to work hard, that's proven.

But it is time for a new level of doing:

One that lets creativity do the moving.

Perhaps success was your assumed goal,

But another journey - one of the soul -

Has deepened your definition of whole.

What now offers you feelings of stress

Is actually a simple point-of-view test

In both understanding and forgiveness.

Whether it's accurate, sensible or not,

You should just decide what you've got

And decide to make it add up to a lot.

Have a kind of clarity that stands guard

So that it makes a fence round your yard

And other things will no longer be hard.

Your thinking has a storyline it prefers

A familiar place where it always returns

But it is time to show it the universe.

Take a trip - in this moment here now

To a place reachable by one sworn vow:

“Love is the only voice I will allow.”

What challenges you offers you a choice;

Get that the reason you're given a voice

Is to speak sense that quiets the noise.

Whenever possible, look to make rituals

Because that which you can make habitual

Is an investment paying daily residuals.

Finish. Bring it to some kind of close

So this can join with the larger flow

And help water other things to grow.

A habit might help you forget to grow

By praising you for just staying aglow

But you can burn brighter, you know.

Move on, because you are well past due

Leaving this place, despite its great view

And despite the lack of a dramatic cue.

It is time to say that this is enough,

That you are ready to call this done,

That you are finally prepared to run.

Need not one more drop of information

To step into a life of your own creation.

Pack up. Set out. Call it all exploration.

That is the sea, but you are on land;

So you must go where there is sand,

To hold both elements in one hand.

There's a time for hearing, but not now;

This is the time to tilt your head down

And work in isolation, no matter how.

All your doings should be more rigorous,

So nurture whatever keeps you vigorous

And map out all your inner wilderness.

And now either choice will be correct

Because you've decided to first reflect

On all you have versus what you'd get.

Whatever was given will be taken away.

But what you've lived will always stay

So use it like your personal treasury.

Everything is going to take more time

When you interrupt your own deadline;

Make your schedule clear, not implied.

You are best fit to negotiate

Because you know how to wait.

Next, prepare to demonstrate.

Knowing what you have is no small feat,

Like tasting ingredients in all you eat

So take your time by taking a seat.

Your mind is less inclined to let go

Than it is to use new things to grow,

So surprise it with a whole new show.

Think deeper about what is driving you

As you ponder each and every new move;

One step back shows two ways through.

Most important to keep in mind is why

So that when you are asked to decide,

You are already so perfectly aligned.

Understand it is alright to disappoint,

Because someone always becomes disjoint

When you use your power to self-anoint.

You are not your skills, you are more -

The embodiment of what all is in store;

You are an exception, not a therefore.

End your search for the right question

And let the answers get your attention

By walking away from comprehension.

If your mind plays with any doubt,

It is at the same time filtering out 

The truth of what this is all about.

And now you are going to have to trust

Because if you are to keep on rising up,

Learning goes from a should to a must.

Now is not the time to look for a limit,

To see what things you can safely omit;

It is time to inhale and expand into it.

It may feel new or seem like a leap,

Or like a hike that's a bit too steep,

But all this is is your time to reap.

Patience, because you're still building

Making real by virtue of sheer willing

So today let nothingness be fulfilling.

If you are so lucky as to find laughter,

Better everything will come right after

Since you'll already have what matters.

Stepping outside everyone else's rules,

Your sincerest and clearest way, choose.

Decide, using your own highest values.

Perhaps you just don't yet understand;

So before a complaint becomes a demand,

First get your point of view to expand.

Advice that does not treat you as more

Is but an invitation to politely ignore

While you do what you came here for.

And now open your hands for all to see

That you've shared with them everything

And that now they must all let you be.

You are most you when you are a channel,

And things greater than you could handle

Get done simply by lighting your candle.

The habit of taking a small step today

Is what gets obstacles out of your way

And keeps those who waste time at bay.

You may simply need another reminder

To be neither a seeker nor a finder,

But to be still yet be all the wiser.

Keep everything in order and in tune

Because health is your greatest boon,

Making you rich right now, not soon.

Being busy is another form of fear -

Preferring to ride rather than steer;

Take the wheel, but stop right here.

Do you find yourself overtasked again?

Do you wonder when this cycle will end?

Are you willing to love yet not bend?

Out of love you have invited this delay

But soon enough, you must get underway

So prepare for what you'll have to say.

While it's best not to assume malintent

Sometimes subtle harm is what was meant;

As if a landlord, do not let them rent.

To not go back, you must make a choice.

To go on, you'll need to use your voice.

To enjoy going, you'll need to rejoice.

Most important today is what you'll eat,

More so than where you point your feet

Because it decides what you you'll meet.

You got too comfortable - look around:

You blended into your own background.

Remember not to become spellbound.

You can walk away from compromise

If it requires you to close your eyes;

If it does not, it is the way most wise.

What do you find yourself doing today?

Could you spend your lifetime this way?

Or does this just one more brick lay?

You'll be served best by putting it down

It is what holds you here on the ground.

Let go and let the wind take you around.

It is a myth, the search for direction,

At least in the way that others mention.

Do not search for - set your intention.

On the surface it acts like opportunity

But from a distance you'll plainly see

It's a well-wrapped box of busymaking.

You create by being open to anything.

You open to anything by seeking nothing.

You seek nothing by loving everything.

A spoken word has a creative vibration

Able to whisper fear or shout elation,

So listen to what has sound foundation.

Cultivate the very best of habits.

When you find a good one, grab it.

Success waits for routine to happen.

Say what needs to be said, but kindly.

The mind opens when dealt with wisely.

Words work best when delivered mildly.

Be steady in who you see yourself to be

And yet willing to change into anything

That your vision tells you is necessary.

Leaving your comfort zone just to do so

May be self-sabotaging today's momentum.

Your instinct already knows how to go.

Shift your focus away from an audience

To something somehow not as obvious:

It is in the doing that you are blessed.

They've given their trust; you owe them

More than promising words and sentiment

You must now deliver something definite.

It's good to have a tendency to jest,

But not if it is just a way to deflect

From opening up to feel your best.

Just as there are losing ways to fight,

There are even wrong ways to be right.

Let flow itself be your utmost delight.

Eat a bit better than you did yesterday

Even if only in one seemingly small way;

Food tastes best chosen conscientiously.

Keep up with changes in your body,

Gauging your strength and flexibility

Because they decide tomorrow's ease.

It will take them a while to understand

So rather than leading them by the hand,

Prove by passion that it will be grand.

Within or around you, force won't work,

Neither to influence, to scare, nor to irk;

Your own inner power will simply smirk.

Do not be drastic - that is ineffective;

You should try to be more introspective

So that your gains are all protected.

When you don't wish to be singled out

Those who point, criticize and shout

Remind you to take a different route.

When your mind wishes to retaliate,

This is the perfect time to negotiate

And ask it to first let you appreciate.

Mere anger is lightning without thunder;

Certainty is what makes the loud rumble

And puts all of your emotions asunder.

Just as it's useless to blurt out sounds

Before they have words to help them out,

You'll have to wait for it to come down.

Less-perfect versions will show up first

Making you think the right one is worse;

Choose the one that deepens your thirst.

Bravely will make the safest way there.

Those in hiding will hide and not dare

Because of your certain confident air.

Since you're open to better possibilities

Others will come bearing more of these;

Choose the option that comes with keys.

Remind yourself that this is not a race

And that bandits also like a good chase;

No prize to win - just yourself to face.

Their praise might fill you with pride

And put a bouncier step in your stride,

But You are why your smile is so wide.

After a while, you won't be able to stop

Your very own rhythm won't let you drop;

By keeping tempo, you'll reach the top. 

Whatever feeds on fear, you can starve

Through a harder part of who you are,

Giving those termites stone to carve.

It can feel right - chasing enemies down

Until you catch up and turn them around

And see for yourself what you've found.

As with the year, you have your seasons

And each has its own different reasons

Behind what it would rather be feeling.

Listen to yourself, but not too closely

Because inner chatter is talking mostly

They're just guests - you are hosting.

What you do is not who you are

Just as the shine is not the star

You eclipse what's been thus far.

You have a pattern when you get tired

And end up doing things that backfire;

If you decide, this can all be rewired.

Something in you would love to blurt out

What's on the inside edge of your mouth,

But you know of an even cleverer route.

Live for today, though not recklessly -

Live in a way that uses each hour fully

Having plans that stop for serendipity.

You have forgotten how difficult it was

When you were first doing what you love

Now you easily know what to get rid of.

Let it out, no matter what impedes you.

You must live what you believe is true -

Take the step that brings You into view.

Tell it your way, with nothing held back

Because others need your example to pack

For their journeys off the beaten track.

Do your thing, needing to join no group

That may dilute the flavor of your soup

Or borrow time you'll need to recoup.

Some will let you know they are timid

Not to let you down or make you livid,

But so you can help them be rid of it.

Take what's needed, give back the rest

Just like taking air into your chest;

The rule is that enough is what's best.

Spot the thoughts that don't nourish you

The same way as your liver knows to do -

By checking everything coming through.

Take your time on things that will last.

Less gets absorbed when you just go fast.

What is mindfully done honors the past.

Catch things before they become an issue

Just as your organs faithfully do for you;

Clear inner pathways hold clearer truths.

It's not enough to know - you need tools

To shape things into a form you can use;

How else do you build what you choose?

You will need something to go between

So that everything goes forward easily;

What could help everyone else agree?

Make sure that everything is connected,

Even what is hardest to get redirected;

Join them yet also keep them protected.

Powers must ultimately be combined,

And the tricky part in joining minds

Is freeing them yet making them bind.

Things that are heavy hold their ground

And whatever tied to, they'll pull down;

Just figure out what needs to be bound.

Go find that place between open and wild

Where you have the potential of a child,

An imagination that's anything but mild.

Keep going because you are so very near

To another spot where the path is clear

Enough to prove that you belong here.

If you need proof, just look back a year

To see no one single thing got you here

Yet you knew it would one day be clear.

If you leave, you can never go back

To the same place - you lose track;

But new adventures you will attract.

You cannot know what wonders await -

Timeless rewards go to undying faith;

Praises to you for guarding the gate.

You sit in the theater of the uncertain

Ready and able to pull back the curtain

Rest assured, the play will be worth it.

It should be no mystery, how it affects

Just look to all those past failed tests;

Keep rejecting it, time and time again.

Your balance has benefitted just as much

From all the habits you never picked up,

As the ones you've never tried to hush.

The vast unknown is no cause for alarm;

Nothing out there can do you any harm;

Like a trained bird, call it to your arm.

It's the same as your own body weight:

What you've done the last 1,000 days

Is what decides if today feels great.

Other things may make you feel full,

But take in more of what's original;

The best ingredients are intentional.

Get back to the best of your actions

The ones that gave you satisfaction

By starving out every distraction.

Stand guard at the gate of your mouth

And keep what preys upon judgment out

By honoring what eating well is about.

Enough is exactly what you need

So hunger doesn't turn to greed

When your body asks you to feed.

Here in your world filled with stuff,

Just about how much of it is enough?

Precisely the amount that feeds love.

Because that one little inconvenience

At the time may have made little sense,

But was a seed and is growing benefits.

Right now it will be hard to know why

And you will waste your time if you try

So just find a way to mindfully comply.

Just done daily, some things dig a grave

Just done daily, some things years save

Just done daily, choosing earns or pays.

Forget about what could come next,

Just keep letting air into your chest

And back out again. Forget the rest.

You've been busy collecting experiences

Appreciating them with all your senses;

Now it is time that you just share them.

A few key things you need to increase:

More water, rest and vegetables to eat

For the clarity you're going to need.

Manage your life by being stable

And doing well what you are able;

Just leave the rest on the table.

They have even more ways to get you upset

You've been dealing with them but instead

Try new tactics they would never suspect.

To not get yourself stuck halfway in,

There will be no better way than this -

Take time learning, and then be swift.

You should stay and see this through

For everything else it's connected to

And just do whatever you have to do.

Don't step outside of it, not just yet

Because the chapter that's coming next

Is guaranteed to become your very best.

Which of your talents has most impact?

Which does more than keep you intact?

To which one do you keep coming back?

The notion that you haven't done it right

Is fine once you see each mistake as light

That shows you a bit more in your night.

If they tell you you have to choose,

Do they also have something to lose?

Why can you not be left to peruse?

That other way has never worked for you

It's time for you to be breaking through

The habits that have produced this issue.

Love yourself and you'll see another way

One that you overlooked just yesterday -

One that would serve well come what may.

As convincing as other methods may be

They're all just volumes in your library

You're now doing, not just researching.

Drink your wisdom from the cleanest cup

Hold your high standard, no matter what

Shrewd judgment is another form of love.

It only takes one decision to turn this

Into what can give power to your spirit

No one but you needs to know or hear it.

You're on the brink of a great big shift

By choosing what feels good and uplifts.

Entire destinies change just like this.

You're not obligated to be what you were.

Look back to see your past as a vivid blur.

So decide anew based on what you prefer.

True, you cannot be in both places now,

Though imagination claims it knows how;

So, to this one present you should bow.

What is it you do to make them furious?

Aren't you more than just a bit curious?

Are they rightly concerned or delirious?

Everyone is looking out for you

Interacting to help you improve

Through everything that they do.

Press on yet give in when it fits;

Water crashes but can quietly sit.

Power uses what ways you give it.

You are not here to fulfill their goals

Nor are you here to do as you're told;

You are here to be imperfect yet bold.

Your calling is a task you cannot finish

Because it has the opposite of a limit;

What you can do is love it this minute.

At the place where your shovel gets stuck

Is where others before you had to give up

And where you must decide to get tough.

Draw from where you've been and improve;

Greatness follows no preexisting groove;

It follows those who make their move.

Just by showing up you open doors

That lock behind you and with force.

Should you still go in? Of course.

If for a moment you could recognize

Through it all, how easily you glide

You would stop being so surprised.

Can you see yourself as a conduit?

And see you're not here to "do it?"

And see all you need to do is intuit?

The rules you rage about were all fake,

Placed along your path for you to break

And live a life none but you regulates.

To some, you are the utmost authority

On thinking about patterns creatively.

Be proud of this and live accordingly.

Let others choose what they will follow.

For you those options would feel hollow.

Which one makes your heart shout bravo?

Before life can be what you make it

Life's ears need to hear you say it -

That you have chosen to commit.

Find what makes you feel your heart beat

And you will have found your own destiny

It may not be simple but it will be easy.

Your purpose isn't to finish your tasks,

It's to be the one brave enough to ask

Why things need to be moving so fast.

What today holds is different for all,

Some will rise and others will fall;

You are blessed to heed your own call.

It took foresight to avoid being misled.

And since you were brave enough to shed,

Your lightness helped you to move ahead.

The beauty of where you've gotten to

Is not that it shows what you can do,

But that somehow you already knew.

You know a thing is far from dead

When you see its skin being shed;

Is your discomfort being misread?

You can if you say, can't if you don't,

And things will go on even if you won't;

You will change all to which you devote.

You changed your mind and that is that

Always feel free to, with one caveat:

Each time you do so, trust goes flat.

Don't get addicted to people's trust

Or start telling yourself you must;

Fixed thinking, like old iron, rusts.

Stubbornness only needs one false step

For others to heckle under their breath;

Reasonability works much better instead.

It's those you didn't choose that matter

Those you can neither fire nor flatter -

They are rungs on your spiritual ladder.

For a while it gets to be quite tangled

Things coming in from every odd angle;

It's just to show what you can wrangle.

Take the day off for today. Look ahead.

Prepare for whatever is coming instead.

Tomorrow only pays whoever invested.

There was a time to reach far and wide;

Now it's time to play close and tight

Not forever, just for a little while.

You might let them dispute your worth,

But let them know what you value first

To bring the whole thing down to earth.

It helps to know which you're up against -

Someone who doesn't care or an opponent;

To hear what their words really meant.

The best skill is knowing where you are

Even if stormy winds blow you very far,

To be able to spot your guiding star.

The words don't even have to be hostile

To upend your sensibilities for a while

But reorient and go get back your smile.

You're looking at it from the wrong side

Although you feel you've already tried;

Find someone who can act as your guide.

You may find it hardest to obey, 

That which you now call your Way

Until your heart has had its say.

It will all come together perfectly

Like an intricate mesh of circuitry

If you keep moving this fervently.

Slow down, stop moving so fervently.

That is not leading toward harmony,

Which is now all that is necessary.

It's easy to get caught up in the day

And the circus of what people may say

But just keep making your own way.

There will be another time for sleep.

Today you've got big promises to keep

And need many hours to plan this leap.

There will be another chance for rest.

Today is for your record-breaking best

So prepare as though this were a test.

Sometimes the stretch is going to last

Far longer than you can bearably grasp

So draw from tales of adventures past. 

If you're known as the one who stays calm

And the one with whom everyone gets along

Then your ranking will stay quite strong.

Face up to the changes and adapt to them.

You're better now than you were back then

So keep this in mind and head in again.

Anything is bearable if you have a plan

So don't join the nay-sayers if you can;

Keep on climbing your own mountain.

What is it that you're waiting to hear?

You have proof your thinking is clear

And the feeling that you're very near.

Today it's about continuing on

Regardless of feeling the pawn;

You are at the verge of a dawn.

Don't worry so much about how they feel.

You're at opposite ends of a turning wheel

And neither can either's momentum steal.

Sometimes it's best to plow on through

Despite the reasons they're giving you;

If given as an excuse, it's rarely true.

There doesn't have to be a reason why.

You just have to decide to and then try;

A bird doesn't question when in-flight.

Those who enjoy your presence the most,

Love you because you behave like a host

And seem proud enough of them to boast.

Of all things you love to do,

Those that will most uplift you 

Fill others with that feeling too.

The reason they consider you a resource

Is that instead of making it about force,

You've wisely followed destiny's course.

If you intend to keep life at this pace,

The best parts will blur past your face;

Slow down enough to experience grace.

Before you decide, remember your norm

And now imagine it got lost in a storm:

What new foundation would you form?

What sort of role do you have to wear?

Are you expected to have a certain air?

Is it something you give proper care?

Though they have quieted to a grumble,

They still sound anything but humble.

Keep composed. Preserve your thunder.

Find someone you can use as a model

In how to support and yet not coddle

Those who are beginning to dawdle.

What you do may sound quite interesting

To others, but do you find it riveting?

If so, perfect. If not, start pivoting.

These attempts you've made are just that -

None a final version - each one is a draft,

Or a sketching, but not the finished map.

Of all of the ways to live your life -

Identifying, helping, easing strife -

Forget about fixing. Pursue delight.

Of the things you should be talking about

Negative small talk should never come out

Let praises and plans control your mouth.

For as long as your values align

Your happinesses should coincide

And you can be each other's guide.

A day of kindness costs so little

So even if you're feeling brittle,

Do something to share a giggle.

For what it's worth, keep holding on

Even though the thrill may seem gone

Thoughts of brightness bring the dawn.

Whether or not they show their support,

No diversion to which you could resort

Would be worth it, for time is short.

With many ways in but one way out,

You may be wisest to go on without

Until you know what this is about.

It may take a shock to make you believe

But the facts were not given to deceive;

There are habits you must forever leave.

It's been brewing for quite some time

And now you can't pout, deny, or whine;

You can only stop, accept and realign.

A chapter closes before the next begins

Whether or not you found it interesting;

Not everything important is riveting.

Perhaps toward the very thing you feared

Is where your journey should be steered

Perhaps that is why the feeling is here.

What lifts your feet up off of the floor?

When does joy well up from your core?

How could you enjoy this forevermore?

Meeting their deadline is nothing new,

So it's time you were finally through

And started on what appeals to few.

Above all, are you enjoying yourself?

Does this thing improve your health?

You'll only treasure how you felt.

You can't learn this one soon enough:

Life starts when you stop doing stuff

And is loveliest when you won't rush.

You don't have to fit the normal story.

You don't have to seek standard glory.

You will only have yourself as jury.

There will always be some price to pay

Whether you take the easy or hard way;

How much exactly? Only you can say.

If it were otherwise it wouldn't be true

So get some sleep, wake up and continue

And you will soon enough have your proof.

If you can pick one thing let it be sleep

Since the right amount satisfies the need

For your spirit to enjoy a full renewing.

Let comments fall like rain on your roof

Let them trickle all over or deluge you;

Let them come down, just never through.

There's no need to clamor for more

All will be delivered to your door;

Go to it then - not a moment before.

You get to write this story of life

So draft and craft until it is right

Better than your dreams at night.

To your relationships be most devout,

More so than whatever you worry about

For to your bliss, they are the route.

No matter how urgent the tasks,

Partnership first, deadlines last;

You should not even have to ask.

Great joy swells from a greater devotion

As big waves rise up from a bigger ocean.

What is deep underneath your emotions?

Your next conversation is like a key

To unlock the inner door that leads

Deep down into your soul's library.

Take it gradually, using what you've got

Otherwise you'll put yourself in a spot;

This way it's easier to unravel the knot.

Your love is equally strong in all its forms -

The sunny one that keeps everything warm,

Or the one from which creations are born.

Some small circle safeguards your trust

To feed you love until you're stuffed,

So telling them everything is a must.

Hopefully you can see you're much wiser,

Much more observant, yet far from a miser

In how you used this to open up wider.

Sometimes it's hard to see from up close

But what you have done deserves a toast -

Daring to be more vulnerable than most.

Your focus should be aimed at one thing

Or else you won't do enough of anything

To enjoy mastery's wonderful feeling.

After the longest stretch take a break

And see what's floating in your wake -

Anything there that you saw too late?

You won't even have to ask the question,

Won't even have a single need to mention

When you are living out your intention.

So long as you know your dependencies,

One by one, you can deal with tendencies

To deny, deflect, confront or please.

You have amassed some great friendships

The kind that you know will be endless

Because you laugh yourselves senseless.

They are easily your greatest treasure

Though there is no easy way to measure

How they fill your life with pleasure.

How are you doing with your life script?

Have you been keeping up with writing it?

Do you have in the works any plot twists?

It's easiest once it fits some kind of picture

To help figure out what goes where quicker

And you can know if you end up the victor.

Once you are sure, then you have to press

On and on and shed all that brings stress

To make this a grand voyage, not a test.

Once you're creating it's less about you

And more about letting it pass through -

The messages being sent from your muse.

Raise it high enough to see the heavens

But keep it where it is still relevant

Both in what's said and in what is meant.

You have traveled without expectations

And that has been good for contemplation;

Now it is time for conscious navigation.

Come up with an amazing story to tell

So whether or not a given day goes well,

You'll still be coming out of your shell.

How are you viewing it? Solely from here?

Have you looked down from the atmosphere?

And let your imagination see everywhere?

The act of creation is what gives life,

So everything else can move to the side

For you to be in this mode all the time.

It's more important to tell a great story

Although not for fortune or fame or glory

But to live forever as your own category.

Yes, it is going to look like obsession

To those in some passionless profession

But this is the path of self-invention.

What are the words you unthinkingly use

When trying to push yourself to choose?

Can you into it so much more love infuse?

History says you should do a bit more

To turn into real this vision of yours;

Feel free to make preparations galore.

Or don't prepare at all; Just improvise

If you find it too foreign to visualize

But try to have some feel of the prize.

Maintaining anything becomes difficult

If you don't know what it's built above

So take down what wasn't built in love.

Don't react to disappointment or sorrow -

Those without energy, seeking to borrow

What you are working on for tomorrow.

Free from labels of either bad or good,

Gone are all coulds, woulds and shoulds;

Try, whether or not you're understood.

This is an invitation to yet one more

Uncharted location for you to explore.

If you are willing, much is in store.

That place where thoughts like to dwell

Is simply their former hermit crab shell;

Out in the open is where you'll do well.

Though thinking you should is alright,

It may be tempting, but still do not bite;

There is nothing here worth the fight.

All it means is it's not yet your time;

Though you hear otherwise from the mind,

There is more left to peel of your rind.

Go over it again, for as long as you must

Being everything and anything but rushed;

More pressing bakes you a better crust.

Take that road - what is there to lose?

If anything, it will help you to choose

Since it is better to try than to refuse.

It's not always your reflection you see.

Sometimes you are faced with what's ugly

To learn about how not to create beauty.

Look at it with your own eyes. Go. See.

Because the picture is still incomplete

And you must have it before you agree.

Still thinking about it as all or none?

Is there a place between boring and fun?

Is there a way to get this gently done?

When it's right, everything easily flows.

When it's right, everyone already knows

Because you embody it from top to toes.

What question is content with one reply?

What question does not somehow multiply?

What question are you willing to let die?

Take the time to ask about their stories,

About their hardships and their glories,

To learn how they outworked worries.

Since you know you can go anywhere,

Get yourself up and fully out of there,

Up to where you can take in fresh air.

For all your doubts to be depleted

And your heart to feel completed,

You may need the lesson repeated.

You really need to give yourself time

For everything to come together inside

Before you can take all this in stride.

Everyone hurts, so show them you care

And they will come in from everywhere

To support you - not just stop and stare.

Starting is going to take a bit of trust,

Often not knowing why, just that you must

So let today be one wholehearted thrust.

Above all right now, keep being faithful

Because they are all so quietly grateful

For all you're serving by the plate full.

Some days you may feel incredibly tired

And some days may feel improperly wired

But keep on going. You are so admired.

You know what you know when you know it

Before nor After have anywhere to stow it

Once you are at peace with this, show it.

Tiny containers only hold but so much.

Let this be big, bold, brilliant and such:

It needs to be awe-inspiring to the touch.

Keep your mind clear of things,

Of the What each detail brings;

Tie them all to balloon strings.

Choose the path that honors You,

Not where you are or what you do,

But how you are, and for now, who.

Speak up for yourself and say no,

Because that was not the way to go;

You need to stop moving to grow.

They are telling you all sorts of things

Except for that which tranquility brings:

Confusion squawks while certainty sings.

Do they deliver, is the question at hand -

Otherwise you are dumping hourglass sand

Into bottomless buckets of promises grand.

It's also known as coming around the bend

When you see you haven't reached the end

But even more amazing road ahead instead.

You're not doing this for anyone's reward

Or because it is just what you can afford -

You sail with heart, mind and soul aboard.

Some offer violence in exchange for love,

Whether in word, deed or all of the above;

Without delay, they are to be let go of.

A situation becomes harder out of context;

A vision will keep you from getting vexed

So keep picturing what should come next.

You can look at this in a much better way

So there will be even better things to say

Which will benefit you as soon as today.

There is a reason to craft your own plan

It is not so you can make more demands,

But so you can recognize where you stand.

It's as important to know what you're in

As it is to know when and where to begin

Once you decide doing nothing's the sin.

It should be big! Why make it small?

If you can leap, why choose to crawl?

Since you're able, why not give it all?

This is just a change in the weather.

This is the time to keep it together.

This is how you chose to get better.

Imagine your most wonderful version,

The one boldly going on that excursion;

You're already becoming that person.

You do not need to know much more;

Come here, behold yourself and adore

The one who exceeds what was before.

Are you getting yourself roped in again?

Is this another "and then... and then..."?

What you need is the counsel of a friend.

Do not fall for it - you are being set up

To return to what you were once made of;

Stay within the light of your self-love.

It's a story that used to trigger you,

But you know what you need to do.

You're able to see straight through.

They want you to stop and go over there.

But all that going will get you nowhere.

Consider: does breathing go get its air?

Regardless of that, this is already enough

Despite your doubting whether it was just;

Empty spaces are for filling up with love.

To make your decision, go get some proof:

Before you move in, you inspect the roof.

This is the time to be anything but aloof.

Serving is hard. Producing is less so.

Easier still is owning where people go.

Best of all is channeling creative flow.

If you are looking to be in demand,

There is a one thing to understand:

Do with your heart, not your hand.

It is alright to invite a little drama

If it can be for your sentence a comma

And not drag on into an endless saga.

Silence is difficult for the maladjusted

By whom you find yourself interrupted.

Who cannot be quiet cannot be trusted.

Once you feel it, it will be known

Before that, it's hard to be shown.

Only what you are will you own.

Time is what you are letting them thieve

When you sit amongst but do not receive;

Their conversation starves you, so leave.

Worry less about how it will sound

And more about just getting it out

It is truer to blurt than to expound.

With certain things you need an end date

Not to stamp their delivery early or late,

But so you can edge them off your plate.

Be kind to yourself through compliments

Ones that sound sincere and heaven-sent

And are unrelated to any accomplishment.

When you're rough on yourself they see

And yet seeming silent, silently disagree.

Live your response to their wordless plea.

Being good to yourself shines the light

That signals other ones to burn bright,

So treasure the darkness of your night.

Be as comfortable saying no as saying yes

Because making decisions is how you bless

Everyone you deal with and reroute excess.

Are you quite sure about what you need?

Are you starving or just waiting to feed?

Are you planning to address your greed?

If you stay in this funk, you get to see

That those patterns have no originality

And that you need new ones in actuality.

Going without is going to break you apart

Which then helps the transformation start

Which then reconnects you to your heart.

Unobserved, you become your routines -

Triggers, reactions, then you in between;

Check tendencies with an eye that's keen.

Think of a better way to look at this

And then improve even more upon it

Why should best-cases have a limit?

You need to have a deep discussion

Rather than just diving straight in.

Gather viewpoints not instructions.

If you keep talking about it, guess what?

It is exactly what will keep showing up.

Words - for the mind's wheels - dig ruts.

It is important to be right where you are

Whether or not you feel you've gotten far

Because you need this in your repertoire.

Stop everything - rethink your thoughts

To see if an assumption's got you caught.

Do what you dream, not what you ought.

What if you made it work just for you?

When being selfish you can find truth.

When you are satisfied, others are too.

Would you rather help them look away,

Or show them by getting started today?

Paint with any color to dispel the gray.

There is nothing more you need to hear

From those who ongoingly pull your ear

Because you need concentration to steer.

To call one thing bad or another worse

Is like living under a self-spoken curse;

Find out and speak of what is best first.

Be open. Be open. Be open. Be open.

Let those two words rule your focus.

Good if thought, great when spoken.

You don't need their love - you need yours

To welcome them in, or open closed doors.

You need a love that comes from your core.

This is still a time of transition;

Whatever seems out of position

Is just slow to obey your wishes.

Yes, they may be taking advantage,

But it's nothing you can't manage.

Momentum favors what is slanted.

Even good habits end up in stagnation

Without fresh sources for inspiration;

When was your last genuine vacation?