Take This with a Pinch of Salt Close your eyes, Open to a page & See What Happens From the first week until this, our tenth, You braved each Journey of 1,000 Breaths And made the cave feel so quietly blessed. Thank you more than we can fully express. Thank you for being exactly who you are, And for the moments we've shared so far. This gift is fate's version of our memoir. You don't read this book from front to back. You close your eyes, pick a page and after that, You meet with what your thoughts attract. If this book's not around, don't be distraught, Just tell the nearest device what you want: Say, "Hey Google, talk to A Pinch of Salt." About the Author Very soft-spoken, but he's lived quite a lot And loves writing bits of mindful self-talk. About a photo. he said, "How about...not?" Preface Born and raised in NH, I left Harvard and then worked, helped raise four phenomenal humans, and have firsthand stories from each continent. I believe everything happens for a reason. I believe everywhere we go, we're needed. I believe everyone we meet will teach us. Since 1997, my muse has been coincidence: I write, and fate controls what comes next. So flip to a page. Be open to what you get. When you finish resting, are you still tired? Have you gotten the amount that you desire? Are you getting the kind of rest you require? What are you thinking about right now? Is it a who, a what, a when or a how? What else could you be thinking about? What are you most focused on today? And what if it doesn't go your way? Could something good come from a delay? What are you wondering, right this moment? Are these your own thoughts you've chosen? Are all of your intentions out in the open? Are you still looking for reasons why? What if you left that search behind? What if all you did next was to try? What are you assuming will always be here? Things always change - is this not yet clear? So why not put your focus on a new frontier? Are you sure that your thinking is correct? Have you actually taken the time to reflect? If not, what else needs to be double-checked? Does what you're thinking serve you today? Or is it one small step leading you astray? Which thoughts are ready to be thrown away? Are there any undesirable patterns In what you think and then do after? For you yourself - what truly matters? How are you using today's given time? What feels wasted - what feels wise? Where will you never compromise? Did one issue all of a sudden become two? Have they multiplied? Could that be true? Which one matters - if you had to choose? If you focused first on what you love most, How would today begin? How would it go? Would you even need to have any control? Are these the best thoughts you can think? Can you allow all the negative ones to sink? Can you take yourself to the positive brink? The things that bother your mind the most - Are they things over which you have control? What about the entire inner world you own? Is there another way to think about this? A way that in your heart feels like a fit? A way that puts you in the middle of it? How would it feel to ignore everyone's chatter? What would it take for no outcome to matter? Who could you be if you broke one old pattern? What is the story that runs on its own? That makes you feel like it's in control? What is the story that is going to go? Do you believe you know who you are exactly? Do you see yourself rather matter-of-factly? Could you fall in love with yourself, madly? What do you love most? What do you love least? What do you lack? What do you want increased? Have you heard the saying, "Enough is a feast?" What makes you feel each kind of way you feel? Is it something situations themselves reveal? Or are you the one who creates what's real? "To thine own self be true." If this is not an easy thing to do, To whom do you have what to prove? When do you feel put to the test? When are you outdone by stress? When do you perform at your best? Is there something you need to ask yourself? Is there a story you need to hear You tell? Is there something you know all too well? Are looking at everything realistically? Or are you seeing it as you need it to be? Either way, are you doing so consciously? Are you hearing just what you want to hear? Or do you try to make your listening clear? Don't both ends of this have to be sincere? Is your initial intention still here? Do you honor it or just keep it near? Could it redefine what you hold dear? Do you laugh from the belly or the chest? Do you forget about whatever comes next? Does this lightness make you feel blessed? Onto your approach, does it makes sense? Which part of it is feeling odd or dense? How could you feel light yet immense? Look again at how things are laid out; Do they reflect what you're all about? Are you doing everything in the right amount? Be mindful of what you tend to produce; Does it put your goodness to good use? Does it let even more creativity loose? What do you find yourself doing today? As you build, is this a solid brick to lay? Should you be spending more time this way? What is it you do to make them furious? Aren't you more than just a bit curious? Are they rightly concerned or delirious? Let others choose what they will follow. For you those options would feel hollow. Which one makes your heart shout bravo? What sort of role do you have to wear? Are you expected to have a certain air? Is it something you give proper care? What lifts your feet up off of the floor? When does joy well up from your core? How could you enjoy this even more? Above all, are you enjoying yourself? Does this thing improve your health? What else will matter but how you felt? How are you doing with your life script? Have you been keeping up with writing it? Is it a story that you have the best role in? What are the words you unthinkingly use When trying to push yourself to choose? Which are the words it is time to lose? What question is content with one reply? What question does not somehow multiply? What question are you willing to let die? 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? 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? Are you getting yourself roped in again? Is this another “and then... and then...”? Can you get some advice from an old friend? And why did you need to go over there? Why did you believe you needed repair? Can you flow with flaws and not care? Have you ever been wrong before? Then ended up finding out more? Isn't it patience that opens doors? When do you feel secure and safe? Is it at the very end of your day? Or the moment it gets underway? Can you accept the importance of your name? Without it, does your work breathe the same? With it, how much trust will be ingrained? Do you understand what they're about, Before you follow them on their route? Do they put more in or want more out? Does it fit your set of priorities? Does it deepen your sense of curiosity? Does it enrich your life's quality? What can you do right now? What can you do - and how? What in you already abounds? How long will it take to build? Who all has the required skills? What vision will this fulfill? Is it the root of the problem you seek? Why not instead find where it is weak? What dam outlasts its own worst leak? How much do you identify with your name? As for your stories, are you doing the same? Do these even begin to describe your range? Are you doing this to get something done? Does what you're up to have an outcome? Do you know how to do just for fun? What thought could bring you relief? Why not think this rather than seek? As you do, is there any goal to meet? Who here stays busy simply keeping track? Who here is giving to get something back? Who does your present personality attract? Can you wiggle your toes in imaginary sand? Or daydream gardens where butterflies land? Can you move through today without a plan? Is the whole point of this to achieve and excel? Is it to give so much you sacrifice yourself? Is that any kind of way for you to be well? Was that last journey too hard to repeat? Would you rather find a comfortable seat? Or are you ready to get back on your feet? Do flowers only grow if there's a fence? Does light shine through what is dense? What is the point to being this intense? Before you march to the beat of their drum, Do you know where they are coming from? Would you join all of them, or only some? Does kindness strive to dominate? Does fairness move to manipulate? Does simplicity try to complicate? When were you last completely quiet? When did you last attempt to try it? When will you go on a word diet? You're expected to want something more, And so what is all that wanting ever for? Does it point to a place that feels pure? Have you come to understand more about love? Have you come to accept that you are enough? Have you come to look inward and not above? What does love mean to you now? Has it changed - and if so how? Is it something to fight for or allow? As you train to become beyond compare, Are you honestly able to say, “I failed,” Knowing each try is as vital as fresh air? Doesn't it keep you in this spot? Doesn't it ask of you quite a lot? What would happen if you forgot? What if your best habits hold you back? What if you can travel without a track? What if you don't even need to pack? Who do you know who's wiser than you? Are they a part of your social group? If not, how can you make this true? What was the point of this adventure? Was it ever to pile up more treasure? Wasn't it to put the pieces together? What if you didn't have to be consistent? What if rules were actually non-existent? What if you only cared about this instant? Your hard work can become its own addiction That is only satisfied when you feel friction: Could gracefulness become your life mission? You were lied to, and now know the truth: Could that discovery create someone new? Could it ever? Or is that part up to you? How much rest do you get by oversleeping? Or how is tea that spends too long steeping? If you can give, why even think of keeping? Do you get the importance of being clear? Is your message simple as well as sincere? Is it something that you should also hear? Is this the time and place to share? Are you surrounded by those who care? By people already awake and aware? The same ones who keep asking you to wait Are the ones for whom you never hesitate. Do you need to rethink how you navigate? Are you leaving space to let things go? Can you let the empty space in you grow? Can there be truth in what you don't know? What matters - that you have understanding? Or that you allow, without being demanding? Are you fully open to what life is handing? You keep standing in your own way By hiding behind your own résumé. Can you throw the qualifications away? Do you do the same thing over and over? And has it made you any faster or slower? Most importantly: do you feel any closer? Life goes as it goes, not as planned. This is not a request - it is a demand: You get back up. Do you understand? Is your position supposed to stay the same Despite how the conditions have changed? How can you adapt, adjust and rearrange? Can you imagine an infinite light? One that gives you infinite sight? Didn't you just turn it on inside? Yes, appreciate all the beautiful things! But also notice what the ordinary brings. Are you the song or the one who sings? Is it actual or just appeal? Is it truly something real? How supported do you feel? How deep inside your precious home Do you let someone you don't know? Doesn't that mean you should tell them no? What if there's no training left to work toward? What if you throw all those steps out the door? What if you're already here - needing no more? Are you happy knowing or happier on the go? Are you the ice on top or the stream below? Each one is water, but does each have flow? Are you just delivering another deliverable? Or are you climbing toward some pinnacle? Do you know your own guiding principle? Do you wonder why you do certain things? Are you happy with what their results bring? Could you be more aware before and during? Do you wonder why you get the same results? Do you live in a place of awareness or impulse? Are you closer to your inner child or the adult? What if you thought of yourself as much more? As someone more important than ever before? Then would it be easier for you to be sure? Would you like to feel amazing all the time? Do you know what effects your state of mind? Are your actions and your interests aligned? Are you open to letting life take control? Are you willing to wait for things to unfold? Are you able to feel what your future holds? Who in you hears without a word being spoken? Who has the keys to the doors you want opened? Aren't you the one who decides what's chosen? How much of what you say is said in defense? Do you speak out of feeling something intense? Do the things you say make complete sense? Do you realize you're still telling a story? Even though having one is not mandatory? Why do you still have it in your inventory? How do you feel about being right here? About being this far along, yet unclear? Could you make this feeling disappear? When things go poorly, how do you cope? How long do you allow yourself to mope? What thought always fills you with hope? What was once, but is no longer upsetting? Did you get here by being more accepting? Did you get here by eventually forgetting? Do you feel like you've been through this before? Have you had enough of what's behind that door? Are you ready to go where the outcome is unsure? Do you realize pursuing comfort gets old? Do you realize part of you craves a new goal? Do you realize most of you is still unknown? Is there another way to think about yourself? One that has a broader definition of wealth? One that has a deeper definition of health? Are you worried about what you can't control? Are you aware of the mindset you actually own? What information do you need to leave alone? Do you know the way? Are you sure? What if you get sidetracked or detoured? What are you willing to endure? Do you want the destination or the journey? Can you dig up gems without getting dirty? How will you show fate that you're worthy? Do others have their own plans for you? Do those plans feel anything like truth? Does your heart know what to pursue? What struggles do you unquestioningly take on? When do you care less about right way or wrong? How can you do use this strength all day long? Are you sure this is what you truly want? That your passion is far from nonchalant? That you'd give all the strength you've got? Are you waiting for someone to be your guide? Are you aware of the wisdom you hold inside? Can you draw upon all the things you've tried? Are you working from an inner vision? Do you care about anyone else's opinion? Are you going to make your own decision? Are you filtering out all the noise? Are you considering everyone's voice? Will they feel included in your choice? Have you learned as much from your mistakes As you have when things have gone your way? Will you keep trying more, whatever it takes? Who can you think of who is farther along? Who, where you feel weak, is already strong? Who has experience that you can build upon? When did you feel like you knew it all? Was it just before your last worst fall? What do you do to keep your ego small? You have a brain, but do you know what kind? Do you feel better if you make up your mind? Or better being free to change it all the time? Are you expecting there to be some formula? Do you see that success goes to the abnormal? Aren't you glad you're still unconformable? Can you believe there's still a long way to go? Can you believe you have a lot more to grow? Can you believe no one cares what you know? Are you enjoying the journey as you go? Do you feel like there's still more to know? What will you do when you reach a plateau? What are you most grateful for in your life? What things would you rather leave behind? How do you hold such opposites in your mind? Where are you when all this stuff happens? Does your mind take you to way back then? What better place can you vividly imagine? Does it feel like you've reached the point Past which you'll be far beyond annoyed? Is the answer in the one thing you avoid? Do you appreciate all of your emotions? Even the ones that roar like the ocean? Even the ones that ask not to be spoken? They're speaking from fear, is that right? Is that a good reason to become uptight? Is it so easy for them to dim your light? Are you giving from what you're able to give? Or giving the very source from which you live? How much water can you hold if you're a sieve? Imagining yourself somewhere more pleasant? Instead of facing the day's unwanted present? Is there one pile of problems you can lessen? Have you heard it's from what you focus on? Does that explanation fit here or feel wrong? Regardless, what awaits if you keep going on? Just tell all of them to wait, Just let yourself arrive late, Just be here and appreciate. 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 - give what seems 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. Who cares if others have failed before? Such talk takes time you cannot afford, Because the work itself is your reward. 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 You let the strings of attachment loosen. 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 outrun resistance, Gain momentum and surround opposition. Surprise them all - defy every condition. 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 And use 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. Everything but love can go. Be primal. 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 conviction drives your intent. 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. The long or short way through your desert, Whichever seems easier tricks your effort; Whichever way worries you will be better. Replace what worries with what's 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: find your 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 another self inside You Who would love to be invited to Show off talents 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. Say goodbye to unchosen 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. If they feel more comfortable shouting, Or blaming others or even just pouting, Quietly escape: take an internal outing. 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 the accuracy of your inner vision. 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? When with others, 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. 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 hiding behind what's 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. Have you made a list yet? That is a dream's best bet To get you in its mindset. 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 a little bit more consciously So that whatever you may be deciding Matches up with some deeper belief. What nourishes you changes all the time. Have to be listening to hear the rhyme - The belly'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. 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. Leave familiar territory far behind, The mission in front, your allies beside, And be in the center - lead 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, and walk its edges. Get to where you can see how precious It all is - even the tiny imperfections. 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 who are vague or exact. 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, so please simplify. Remove any and all that might jeopardize The plain and clear brevity of being wise. 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, To face the master you already are inside, And see yourself from behind your eyes. 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 senses approve, And pay attention 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 already 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. If you wish to dodge a stampede, The thunder is not what to heed; Sense of direction is all you need. 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 a bit tattered and worn; Go on, 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. Whether it feels true or non-existent, It's freeing you from past resistance: What's taking over is called patience. 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. All of the signs are in front of your face: This is meant to be a journey, not a race. So, which thoughts is it time to replace? 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, So that when you roar, fear will hide. 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 solely on the movement. 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 will need neither to blame nor adore Their endless pursuit of more and 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 uplift everyone, And wise 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 all of the things that instigate strife, The most serious ones work from inside, Wearing your cravings as their 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. More information is what you don't need. 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 To be felt, a bit of connection as such. Appreciate and you'll never go hungry; Once you behold any bit of it as lovely, Somehow you start feeling just bubbly. 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. No. You are a wave. Love is the ocean. 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 don't bother 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 preferred 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. Receiving an unpleasant offer Will train you never to waffle Declining all except awesome. 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: Watch all you let go of 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 - Not to say that to relax would be wrong, But it's 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. It's alright to let your schedule bend, But you must return to what you intend To see your original goals to the end. 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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 this mystery would clear From knowing more about those most near, But knowing 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 is but the smallest of a kernel Of a harvest 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 calm 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. It's not mysterious, complicated or profound: Sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down. You need to travel both high and low ground. 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. Were you supposed to live, frozen there As if their fears should get you scared? It is alright to say you just don't care. 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 leaves woven thoughts in tatters. Get right down to what truly matters. 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. Though you may be swimming in tasks, And to offer help, no one seems to ask; Realize your abilities are beyond 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's 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 nourished or still just chewing? Put finishing power into your pursuing. Moving forward means not looking back. You have allies who'll guard your tracks. So all that is left for you to do is pack. 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. If you need more focus than balance, You'll do well to stick to your talent; Work where you are best 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, Close the workshop door. 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, Reached a bridge it was time to cross. Thank you for paying the toll's 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. The words you use are the most deciding Of what you will be feeling and inviting, So use words you yourself find exciting. Imagine you just finished everything - Feel all the ease that that would bring: Change what happens next by imagining. 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 dazed to sober, But like rising up from being 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 finding 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. 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. Too comfortable doing what you're doing? Know you only gain ground when improving Because this 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, Ask that inner voice so busy blaming, “What's to steal if we're donating?” Of all the things you “have to do,” Which ones are habits to cut loose? Which ones lead to something new? Beware of advice that is based upon greed, That implies there is something you need To win it all or from something be freed. Some things cannot be explained in words: These are the things you'll never unlearn. To study them, get up when it's your turn. 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 rainbow with never-before-seen hues. 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. 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 your schedule reflects your truth. 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 with better food for thought be fed, And you'll be the owner of a clearer head. 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, Like the dawn behind the afternoon, You are emerging from your cocoon. 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, Going everywhere, yet remaining 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 digs 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 think much about whether it will, Just pay attention to honing your skill And forget even the idea of an 'until.' 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 fine-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; Put 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. Perhaps not what you'd preferred, Perhaps even noticeably awkward, Perhaps just the only way 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. You recuperate by listening to feelings Despite the cures that sound appealing To go on 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. This is your cue that it's time to rejoice Because you have grown into 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. 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. Most of what that left behind is useless, Except the part forcing you to be 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 - Will deepen 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; Realize 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, Or hunt for unnecessary things to 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. You are hereby no longer 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. 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'll find out by being open to anything. Be open to anything by expecting nothing, And expect nothing by loving everything. A spoken word has a creative vibration That can create and spread inspiration, 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 whatever must 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 you resisting today's given flow. 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's just a way to deflect From admitting your preciousness. Just as there are losing ways to fight, There are even wrong ways to be right. Let flow itself be your utmost delight. Along with being more thoughtful, You need to be patient and softer: What does your heart want to offer? 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. An emotion is lightning without thunder, But certainty gives it a deafening rumble: Decide your weather, don't run for cover. 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 it's you yourself you have 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 To the inner chatter talking mostly: It is just a guest - 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 time effectively, But makes time to 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 solid 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. Timeless rewards go to undying faith: You cannot know what wonders await All thanks to your 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. What you've done the last 1,000 days Is what decides whether it's too late Or right on track or a bit of a wait. Other things may make you feel full, But take in more of what's original; The best ingredients are intentional. Look hard at the different distractions That offer you temporary satisfaction And don't prepare you for real action. Stand guard at the gate of your mouth And keep what preys upon judgment out By honoring what being well is about. So your want doesn't turn to greed, Before you get what you truly need Go do for someone else a good deed. 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 nutrients to eat For the clarity you're going to need. Right now it is about being stable And doing well what you are able; And keeping the rest off 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. 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? Realize you're not here to “do it.” Let yourself just sit here and 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. Before life can be what you make it Life's ears need to hear you say it - That you've now chosen to commit. Thoughts that make you breathe easily Point in the direction of your destiny And just as deeply, change everything. 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've decided. Let that be that. To decide without turning back Generates the power to attract. 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 - Who are steps on your spiritual ladder. For a while it can all start to get 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. When you're known as the one who stays calm And the one with whom everyone gets along, You will draw to you others who are 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 think 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 the 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? 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 very 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. Meeting their deadline is nothing new, So it's time you were finally through And started on what appeals to few. 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 than whatever you worried 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. 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. 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. When it's right, everything easily flows. When it's right, everyone already knows Because you embody it from top to toes. 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. 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. 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 go 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. As soon as you let yourself call this hard, You put more energy into being on guard; What you cannot enjoy, you can disregard. 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. 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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 get rid of 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? There is nothing that you “have to” do Except to stay uncompromisingly true To what stirs up the passion in you. Even though you feel caught in a loop, You have actually already broken through As proven by your new point of view. Ignore how it feels right now - continue Because what you've gotten yourself into Points to what you are truly here to do. There is a journey beyond being the best That leads to a deep and clear happiness Because it is beyond doing more or less. All of the things for which you yearn - Put them on the fire and let them burn. Wealth is who you are before you earn. They will be cleared out of your way Once you learn they are here to stay And it's you who needs to turn away. Sometimes it is most fitting to fight Rather than flee what prowls your night It is time to unleash all of your might. The reason you worried about it at all Is that your vision was still too small; On other dreamers, it is time to call. The same way the sun daily sets, Get away and create time to rest. This is the way to be your best. Surprises do not change who you are - They poke fun at the “easy” and “hard” And remind you adaptability goes far. Those who "do" to please, crawl. Do, just for the joy for it all. Do - whether you fly or fall. Whether it is given or taken blame, Or fault put on anyone else's name - Bundle all of it up and set it aflame. Stick to your price or give it away, But avoid being a deal-hunter's prey; Spot all the traps of words they lay. Words that are more than an annoyance That can't be dodged by mere avoidance Have their antidote, same as any poison. So their issue becomes no greater Handle it now - there is no later. Your path could be no straighter. Do, because there is no other chance. Flow, because you are part of a dance. Love, because life itself is a romance. Let today be your best self's womb As well as every stale habit's tomb By being all about now, not soon. Focusing on the good ones or the bad Is a socially-accepted way to go mad; Live for moments you have, not had. Growing into a sense of self-worth is Like knowing what to do with thirst: Best to find where water flows first. Serving them can make a fulfilling life, But keep checking on what lives inside; Give it the freedom to revisit your why. You aren't the one who made that mess So back away from the chaos and stress And tend to the task of your own nest. Your first instinct is correct So neither retreat nor deflect; Instead, very closely inspect. You need to be completely upfront, Even to the point of sounding blunt; You as the hunter, this is your hunt. Sometimes you can't escape the tangle, So position yourself at a strategic angle And rally everyone you need to wrangle. Understand they are struggling through And let compassion flow from within you Without judging what they are up to. Let them find their own way now. Let them have to worry about how. Let your focus be on coming out. Regardless of either luck or labor, Regardless of coming now or later, It will all work out in your favor. This is your journey of self-expression That from outside looks like obsession But is answering your life's question. It is uncomfortable to overextend But you must, to see yourself bend To break what's brittle at each end. Soon enough, you'll reach your limit, The place that might tire you to visit, But where you'll reconnect to spirit. Which part of it makes you tired? Then ask your mind to be rewired To form new ways to be inspired. Did you drag the past this far? Can you postpone the memoir? Will you forget who you are? At some point the habit must stop. Lay down tonight and just let it drop And awaken a little lighter on top. Consider this your sign to move on, A warning you've been here too long And proof you should already be gone. Not what you are, but what you become Is what to wonder, not how to be done; Focus a bit more each day on having fun. This didn't yield because you were strong Nor did it unroll because you worked long; Like you, it opened by being focused on. There was a time to be more intense, Now that time is back behind a fence; Here in the open, follow your sense. Instead of wondering about the other side And gathering knowledge that feeds pride, Why not appreciate your own lovely stride? There is so much you do not need to know There is so little you need to love the flow There are so very many ways you can grow. After you've had your mighty brainstorm, Now comes the time to consciously perform, To turn hot nor cold, but perfectly warm. Organize your thoughts. Give this time. Get them to harmonize, not simply rhyme. Seek to feel utilized, not simply fine. Being authentic and relevant is good, So long as you recall why you should: To stand where no one else has stood. Body and brain both need exercise To keep you healthy as well as wise; Work with each based on its size. This may feel like a good time to plan Rather than finish the mission at hand; But focus and fulfill as only you can. Not time for that - it is time for this Regardless of whether you need to shift Priorities rather than let them all mix. Deciding whether to move on to the next Implies that this you knows what's best; Come up with a more thorough self-test. Trust the closest examples of success Rather than going away to be blessed; Make results easier for time to test. Look for some model to base yourself on But don't hold on to that model too long Just enough to right where you're wrong. Perhaps difficult, but you must sit still To meet your own restless ambition's will And ask it which cup it's trying to fill. You must trust in more than yourself Both to strengthen your mental health And expand your definition of wealth. Schedule time to just walk away, To give your mind space to stray And keep predictability at bay. And some connections need to be cut To keep you from falling into a rut Where it's hard to see what is what. Exactly why does it need to be so huge? Is your thirst only quenched by deluge? How much of it all will your heart use? Go ahead and be as specific as you can, So precise you can feel it in your hand, So clear you can see each grain of sand. Once you admit these are distractions, You can take more appropriate actions To discover even deeper satisfaction. Take this moment as your gift - Not to be opened then dismissed But to truly use what's within. Get back in the habit, without excuse. Whatever's in the way, do cut it loose. Whatever's been learned, put it to use. Do you consider your schedule your own? Do you charge for all the time you loan? Think of moments spent as seeds sown. You know you've closed a life chapter When your belly holds healthy laughter Over your unique happily-ever-after. If your ears could walk away they would, But since they cannot, your feet should Head to those who speak of what is good. Only consider advice that has proof That does more than just toss clues; Trust what you can thoroughly use. When you step away and then come back, Push through if you feel out of whack; Notice what gets you to stay on track. Don't rush to fill every awkward silence To avoid disapproval or outright defiance: These are not the times for compliance. It is healthier to be disliked Than to bear even a little spite; Be genuine, whether rude or polite. You don't always have to be smiling Or to be clever, quick or beguiling; You should share what's underlying. Seek to be visionary whenever you spend Because more characters await you ahead; Some will borrow while others will lend. The way forward is the one most gentle That will use your subconscious mental, As you train it with some fundamentals. Consider it hard and then it has to be. Don't, and somehow it happens easily. Think about how you want it to feel. Before choosing, review your core values Before you let one schedule become two; Give what you are, not what you produce. Partnerships are your best indicator Of if you're ignoring now for later, Or if you focus on today as greater. What we accomplish matters little, Goals alone are fleeting and brittle; Make this day a poem, not a riddle. If you knew the future, would it matter? Today looks through a window of chatter That tomorrow plans to open or shatter. What feels like a child's shiny new toy Should not be thought of as a real joy; Long-lasting bliss is slower to deploy. The art of living shows in your wit So if you can, try to laugh about it And invite everyone to giggle a bit. If they need to complain you should say, “Now that we know what you need today, What is best for me is to be on my way.” Some things will never be worth doing, Since they're not what you're pursuing; Pour the time into what you're brewing. It makes sense that you have fewer peers: It means you've made yourself very clear For the right ones to come find you here. A little more organization will help So you can daily enhance your health, Which is the essence of useful wealth. When you yourself are traveling around It's harder for you yourself to be found; What seed grows in unsettled ground? For the sake of days that turn upside down Or endlessly spin you around and around, Take the shortcut straight to safe ground. When negativity shows up, it's only a guest With lots of questions, but not with a test; Work on the helpful ones, ignore the rest. Get ready, amazing connections are coming, Ones that will have all your senses buzzing, Moving faster than they have been running. Be open to meet those who slow life down And force you to gaze, not glance around; When they find you, you will feel found. Greet even the most unpleasant surprise. It is only a gust of wind. You're the sky. It is only one second. You're all of time. Be very strict about what you allow Your mind to think - and also how. Build later. Gather your tools now. Don't focus on the path in the heat; Focus instead on how your own feet Are holding up and what they need. Check in with others just to make sure Your thinking is getting you to a cure And dodging any bait that might lure. Be flexible this time and change your tone So your words don't cut right to the bone; For now, let truth be quiet and your own. Come out from that fixed point of view That used very limited concepts of you. You will become whatever you need to. Life has added on one thing more, Not to give you yet another chore, But to show you yet another door. You are not here to rebuild or fix - You are not here for any bit of this. You are here to create your Oasis. Sometimes you don't get to decide What pushes your plan on its side; Your job is to make things right. The best use of your time is in training Because it is both a way of maintaining And a way to reach where you're aiming. What can you sculpt on a finished statue? Without hardship, what's left to react to? In plainer words, no challenge, no value. It's best to find others who are also seeking, Because when people on a quest are meeting They all stop starting and start completing. A bird cannot move the wind, just each wing Just as all you can do is each next right thing. Attention to detail is really all you can bring. Do you understand and uphold your worth? Value your background, in fact, do this first. Know your price like a farmer knows earth. Bring the value of all your experience And bring along all of your confidence Because you already benefit all of us. What you are feeling is a warming sunrise, The hope that comes with a new enterprise, And sheds enough light to help you clarify. Add certainty, surprise, meaning, connection, A sense of impact and a feeling of progression, And what you have baked is a life of perfection. Hurdle the pit of overthinking Wherein effort ends up sinking; Be as certain as your blinking. Giving is good, but keep in mind: You can only share what you find, So when searching, take your time. You can make this a deeper connection By embracing each bit of imperfection And loving the art of paying attention. How much of your day must be certain? Do you have to pull back every curtain? The unknowns keep all of it working. The desire to take this risk, And whatever it comes with, Is the most important shift. You are far from having reached your peak Because what goes with being this unique Is that you light the lanterns others need. You lose one thing but always gain two: First, a lesson and then something new. Need proof? Just think of the past few. For some, complaining is a form of fitness. But only listen long enough to bear witness To what's louder and softer - forgiveness. Sordid histories can be so convincing, Yet so long ago that you're squinting; Instead, give your memory a rinsing. Keep believing in being clear For that is what keeps you here And draws the best things near. The shortcut never works out that way, Though it does remind how not to behave When next you choose to stick or stray. In all of this there is a seed of joy That to grow will need you to employ Not a few thoughts, but a whole convoy. You don't have to work - you have to align In order to achieve anything one-of-a-kind: Don't strain your back - ease your mind. Make the decision. Yes, it's a hard one Because it undoes what seems already done, But in fact, you have only just begun. It wasn't a mistake - it was necessary To put a lesson in your bones to carry So you can just know and not be wary. They are offering you clear indicators Of whether they do things now or later; Promote yourself to chief investigator. Put that down. You need to be learning. You need to keep your interest churning. What's obsolete you need to be burning. Training your thoughts is not science But pure persistence and self-reliance And one great role model or alliance. Accept that they ignored what you said. Accept that they must clean their mess. Accept that you have a garden to tend. Keep building - even in the rain. Keep building - even through pain. Keep building - even yet again. Part of you feels it would seem rude And part yearns to unleash your mood; Step away from both before you choose. You shouldn't be there. You should go. Moving ahead without so much in tow. Be bold. Dig deep and just say so. You underestimate your need for rest, Your need to melt in a loving caress. Your need to feel ease in your chest. You need enough distance from problems In order to measure and then solve them; Step back, where your insight broadens. Let everyone else choose their side; Stay in between with arms open wide, A reach that is both loving and wise. What you're hearing isn't who they are Any more than the melody is the guitar; Are their words and deeds both on par? They have certainly brought you abundance Of what you want or else your comeuppance; Gratefully accept this or risk redundance. Even if perfection is your personal goal, They don't care if it's half-done or whole; They only seek some time with your soul. The greatest kept treasure is your time, The treasure chest is your state of mind; You are wealthy when both match in size. Even the worst parts can be entertaining When you consider how silly is straining, Like watering flowers when it's raining. Take lightly this present role And today will simply unfold Without a complicated goal. As of this moment, you are on vacation. You have reached a dreamy destination, Perfectly prepared by your imagination. How often do you wake up and ask If it's time to move to the next task? Get an answer. Press on or turn fast. If more of this will keep things the same, Then the one decision to make is to change Both your approach as well as your aim. Fear was being sold and they bought it, Blame was being thrown and you caught it; Do not pass it back, just gently drop it. Be mindful of the words you select To keep your mind's ears in check. Try out new ones and then reflect. Of course you'd be more comfortable knowing. But what's coming won't do an early showing Of all the new treasures it will be bestowing. Part of your work must be public So people can hold it and touch it And share their love because of it. Part of your work must be shrouded, Somewhere you alone are allowed in, So your center does not get crowded. In order to help, they must first know That you need help to continue to go. They only see this by what you show. It makes a great story, but misses the point: Energetically things were just out of joint. This is all the truth that you should voice. Between passion and patience, pick the one That's best today for getting the job done, Or else will let you have the most fun. It's not that you shouldn't care what they think - You cannot know what pushes them to the brink, So why not just make yourself the farthest link? Do it for the sake of the adventure. This way regardless, you'll treasure The time all of you spent together. In whom do you confide weekly about it? Do they listen and occasionally comment? Or do they bear witness so you'll commit? Be willing. Be strong. Be rooted. Dig in. When faced with chaos, perseverance wins. Just deepen your stance and tuck your chin. Be master of two things - yes and no. Because they make time shrink or grow Based on what they block or let flow. It is more important to fully finish Than to become slave to the image Of the-one-who-responds-quickest. When taking advice from the unhappy, Convert it to something you can carry, Go do the opposite of what went badly. When you love them, it all becomes easy - The hardest situations will turn breezy, And your energy will flow more freely. You're wealthy when you're generous, You're powerful when you're curious, You're immortal when it's effortless. With more than enough on your plate, You know it's time for you to delegate. So find someone who can demonstrate. It is more important to hold your vision Than it is even to make right decisions - Because clarity just absorbs collisions. Who last told you what you ought to do? Don't let one bit of it stick to your shoe Trailblazing the wilderness you choose. You always have the power to rewrite Any part of this to create day from night By opening to more inspiration and insight. You'll have to collaborate with someone else Because you should go no further by yourself To guard and grow your own overall health. In being the lone expert, there is no use, For talent and skill are just a thin excuse For why they just want to be around you. You may have no trouble when you start In doing something with less than heart, But it will fall down, so take it apart. Insincerity is still an untruth, So in every word that you choose Get your inner voice to improve. We only think we know what we need So the thing to do is look between How it is and how it's perceived. Why try to chart one straight line To make such a steep uphill climb? Avoid injury - not passage of time. Whether a short or long-term friend, They can help round this next bend Like no other guide you have can. Is there a schedule you need to keep? Can you stop and enjoy what you see? Is it alright to arrive eventually? Consider things that are immense - Do they work best when most tense? Relaxing is all that makes sense. What you are looking for can be found Without even needing to go look around; More water beneath than above ground. Whether or not they're even aware, They're making you the best out there; Why not take them up on their dare? Or else nothing needs to change - Because things that stay the same Help you sharpen your aim. While working is fine, Worrying wastes time (Waiting is sublime). When you let it come to you You know it is meant to do, And not just something new. Now be brave and put your name on it, Because courage needs to be flaunted So others see how to be undaunted. If ever you hear yourself stiffen, A habit put you in that position: Offer all of it up for revision. For the new things you needed to know How many old did you need to let go? Do you allow for the ebb and flow? This time let the first thing end Before you go start another again: Learn to be your energy's friend. One year cannot hold extra months. One guard cannot protect two fronts. You should do much less, at once. First there's what you should be doing, Then there's what you're quietly brewing; All else you're just naturally excluding. Let them fret over what the future holds Because even once it all seems unrolled, It will refuse to be completely foretold. Although for you it was unexpected, What matters most remains protected; What you needed least, you deflected. There's a limit to the number of tasks That can fit inside your life's baskets What should they hold is what to ask. Dive into a deep moment of thought To appreciate everything you've got And be grateful for what you're not. The very essence of enjoyment is play, So if you're getting stuck, don't stay. Find a lighter, looser, lovelier way. Would you prefer to be right or get results, Or be the one with whom everyone consults Or to be blessed with the steadiest pulse? Remember when it gets tough, That playfulness can be enough: Laughter is a form of income. All you can do is what you can do. As for the rest, it is not up to you, So decide what you want to be true. What you really need to understand Is that giving your heart and hand Also means giving up all demands. Going without knowing the way Is daring to invest, not just save; It is the very definition of brave. Not everyone can relate to you - And that needs to be alright too: It will be better with just a few. Everyone else will be able to relate to you When you tell not what you went through But what made you decide to start anew. In giving others something to share, It is what you choose and from where That helps them to grow more aware. If you don't, then no one else will Share with the same love and skill (This is not your time to sit still). Wherever silence hides a fear The greatest healer is the ear That listens until all is clear. No need to glare at what you want to change But you must craft perfection in your brain So your subconscious can see where to aim. Along with patience have a plan That includes everything it can - Where to takeoff, fly and land. There's not one thing you do that's small: You pass unlit lanterns along a night wall And your torch brings light to them all. Some circular stories never go away, They just turn slower every new day Until they are a statue of yesterday. As long as you're trying to get somewhere You'll meet people with things to compare; Be right here - all that's left to do is share. This body is your perfect vehicle To journey all that's meaningful And experience the unbelievable. Do any of them seem happier than you Living the way you dream to live too? Examine every detail, not just a few. What you dream of is just a direction - Go that way, but keep asking questions. So you reach not a place, but the lesson. The answer you're looking for is this: You talk when you're just interested. When you're serious, you schedule it. Frustration weeds up the empty space Wherever commitment isn't yet laid; Hands in dirt is how a garden's made. You don't know what you're getting into When you begin. You're just not meant to. So look for the questions, and hints too. That was a tunnel that you passed through. Crowded or twisted, that one's behind you. Forget about that now and enjoy this view. There is a whole other way to look at this, One that rearranges the way everything fits And puts you in a position to gain from it. It only seems they took advantage of you, That is, in fact, very far from the truth: You freely gave - the thief was the fool. How it is isn't worth complaining about, Spend one full hour mapping another route And then pack your gear and then set out. What you love to hold, you sometimes drop. When you do, it is just as important to stop To see if you made a mess you need to mop. Pick up after yourself As a matter of health, And proof of wealth. When underneath the shade tree of grief, Set yourself down and get a little sleep. You will awaken to the light of peace. What do you expect is in store? Do you need there to be more? Who are you doing all this for? Forgive all those sellers of cheap things Pressuring you to buy what they bring Unaware you already have everything. That you are so responsible in Tending to what's meaningful Is nothing short of wonderful. Right now, what are your priorities? When we look into each one of these Which ones stir both drive and ease? If you think a thought then feel tension, Slow down at once and pay close attention To what's trying to avoid being mentioned. The journey is going as it should: Everything is not always all good, But more is becoming understood. You will soar once you let yourself plummet. Study the stories of people who have done it - Gone into the unknown to launch far above it. Those who speak from a state of alarm Spread a conversational form of harm; Refresh the room with wit and charm. What they offer, examine closely. Do they also live it, even mostly? Are they the guest to be hosting? Start that next piece before this one is done And if your mind keeps asking for a reason: Nothing can finish until after you've begun. Hold those fears in two closed hands And let them escape as grains of sand Each too small to make any demands. To get rid of the stress, Clean your mind's mess Through genuine rest. Looking to what any given day can bring Is tending to the wind and not the wing Put your health before any daily thing. Be up to meet the day head on, Or work the whole night long - Do whichever sings your song. Splitting your time between here and there Actually puts you in the middle of nowhere. Do it if you must, but change it if you care. Just listen whether they rant or rave. Develop your own new way to behave, One that considers acceptance brave. You must allow them to deny, You must even allow the lie, You must allow their why. Control isn't why you're here. Events are not yours to steer. Be light and open and clear. They will keep unloading hurt Like a full truck dumping dirt, Until the moment you self-assert. They are allowed to hold up their own truth, They are even allowed to consider you a fool; But you must continue to choose. So choose. Feel it in full, but don't spread it around, The emotion that pulls all that's light down; Quarantine it - let the rest of you rebound. It's as simple to say as this: "What once did, no longer fits." Everything changes. Everything shifts. As you're now finishing, Here's to new beginnings! By starting you are winning. Listen to what is being offered - Is it being said to sound proper? Is it from a real doer or a talker? Your very approach forces them to react; Check what can be perceived as an attack And get yourself to take a few steps back. Hold longer and wiser conversations: You'll need less time for preparation By using the power of collaboration. When they ask you for the story Be sure to cover every category As if they were an actual jury. More people than is evident Truly do appreciate silence; Give it and see what you get. Which creativity comes when alone? Which creativity comes from home? Which creativity comes on its own? Know when to bring in other opinions, Feel when to make your own decisions, Sense when it is the time for division. Check they know what they're talking about, That they understand their work in and out, And begin with mind, then end with mouth. There is more wisdom than you can imagine. You have experienced just a mere fraction; The rest needs more discussion to happen. Your body is an extremely obedient servant, Following your mental example in earnest - So think good thoughts as if it were urgent. Things are headed right where they're going. You get the privilege to witness life flowing, And to see firsthand how useless is knowing. Let them tell you it's unbelievable As your knowing defies the physical And creates completely new material. No one knows what they're talking about Except for the inner voice with no mouth. Listen so well you become deaf to all doubt. You do the same thing they do, Thus it annoys you to the root; Make peace with the inner fool. Hear your default inner monologue. Is it describing a journey or a slog? Exactly who is bringing who along? Can you see how you've repeated enough? Do you see there's no more to gain from Continuing with no point to speak of? Center your focus on your intended goal And you won't need to fight for control; What must will just slowly, quietly go. Whatever your age, seek out an elder, A time-tested mentor, a genuine helper To build you an experience-based shelter. You are the villain and they fight for glory What if they deeply need this as their story? Are you here to play out their flat allegory? You are not here for idle chitchat - But to go where today's truth is at: Be the listener - not the diplomat. Dismantling doubt takes much more time Than moving forward in one straight line Be original later - for now, just rhyme. When you put your hand over your throat, It symbolizes you have something to choke Which is important, so take special note. When you put your hand over your core, It means you're guarding against more. Of what? Answering is your next chore. Wherever your hand goes in conversation Points toward where you keep hesitation: Focus your inner work on this location. It is never too early nor too late To build something that resonates: Someone somewhere sincerely waits. The mindset of training is a crippling one, That swears something else must be done Though you already shine like the sun. As long as you keep believing reasons, This will take you many more seasons. Why not decide more delay is treason? 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Let this be reason enough for you to go. If you can practice a patient passion, There are lessons you cannot imagine On the way to what you will be having. If what you're told contradicts Something you just feel within, You're not what needs to be fixed. As if you're winning a bet, Laugh in the face of fret - Because you're not done yet. There is nothing you can do Except what you came here to: Let that pass right on through. Being angry enough to fight Doesn't make you or it right; Your grip on life is too tight. When you want to just curl up And admit you have had enough, Remember your most loving hug. When you want to just turn around Or sit right here on the ground, Allow yourself to be found. When you want to stand up and run In order to get everything all done, Forget about the many for the one. When you want everything to stop To give you more time to gear up, Tell this feeling, “That's enough.” Believe they're doing their very best Without adding the pressure of a test; Trust in the flow and get better rest. There are so many ways to get there That you can take any. But beware - Halfway is the quickest to nowhere. The story you tell has to be shorter; Arrange everything in the proper order And you will have yet another supporter. Most of them won't matter at all, But one key detail is invaluable - The one that feels least repeatable. Exciting times are nearly upon you, Not because of anything you'll do, But because of what comes through. As you keep at it every single day, Heading into your own made up fray, Time will surrender, bow down and pay. What feels like the definition of mad - Pursuing something no one's ever had, Is how you stay fulfilled and glad. Listen so closely, not for guidance, But to find your next great alliance Or who deserves your full defiance. 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Use this as you head into deeper healing. You don't have to like their decision, But it's their life and their vision, So you should move to avoid collision. It's not true, despite all the debate: They hold opinions they didn't create So don't judge, just avoid and wait. Don't respond to every knock at your door Or else distraction will demand even more And invite confusion to make visits galore. Have you thought it all the way through? Is there someone you owe for being you? Is something outside of you more true? You do not need to be any smarter Nor do you need to work any harder, You just need to walk a bit farther. Without completely knowing You just have to keep going: Your map is still unrolling. Though the end is out of sight, Do the rest with all your might So your foundation is airtight. First, do it all the way, Heading on into the fray, Willing - come what may. Luck runs away from the idle. Be just like a horse unbridled Then it cannot escape or hide. Do your part of the work, And if your helpers shirk, Let this teach, not hurt. Do all you can before luck arrives And you'll discover it in disguise Right here in front of your eyes. Wisdom will not come from what others say - Mistakes make experience, it's the only way; Failing is nothing more than a price to pay. Every day unearths another nugget, More gold to drop into your bucket So dig where the ground is rugged. Learn all of it for yourself So that even if darkness fell You could generate new wealth. Be cautious and bold, Hearing what is told, Taking your own road. It's wise to learn from those who fail, But beware those who repeatedly flail; Ask about the direction of their sail. Certain causes produce certain effects So you already know what happens next Just looking at what to what connects. Go and get the best tools, Learn all the basic rules, Excel in your own school. What is worthwhile takes effort - Not reading a book by each letter, But dedicating to growing better. You have barely reached halfway, So now that it's half underway, You can do things more your way. As heart cannot be mind, Giving must not be blind: Leave cluelessness behind. No matter who tries to get you to move, You have to stick to your own values. All you have is your power to choose. Don't seek more where you last lost. Pay no more than what it already cost. Consider this a border you've crossed. You uplift everything around you. The effects are tangible and true. Knowing this, what will you do? Think long-term but act right now. Long-term thinking shapes your how And uses your lifetime as its plow. Do you keep wishing you'd already begun, And then wish you were now already done? Forget about the distance and just run. Delay your gratification and get back to it. Or let enjoyment lay in pushing through. Know that in this you are among the few. Know your target. Know yourself. Rely on certainty, not on stealth. Forget aiming far - just aim well. You can be doing it right now Even without yet knowing how Once you completely allow. Those are just the actual tasks. Find those who can help, and ask. Be visionary. Let others be fast. What you assume is well-meaning Is preventing you from varying: Be willing to change everything. Make your own decision, Uphold your own vision And by each be driven. Be owner - not boss. Study gain - not loss. Look in - not across. Hard work is pointless labor Until your reason is greater, And then the impact is major. Your morning rituals are critical, And when you see just how pivotal, They become your secret miracle. Finish the ones now growing old And start adding some newer goals So the rest of you can yet unfold. Channel your passion. Take immediate action. Note: Put off satisfaction. Organize tomorrow today - Next week, the same way; Unschedule all disarray. Break it down into daily tasks. Then do each one and do it fast And the worst part will be past. 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Do they stand on justifiable ground? Why not be novel, if you have the choice? And you always do, because of your voice; Uniqueness is something you cannot avoid. Check to make sure that is the truth. If it is not, detour from this route. If it is, tell other traveling groups. Honesty. Mislead for no one. Untruths shrivel in the sun; Clarity blooms for everyone. Expand your concept of personal joy Beyond collections of physical toys Into what even time cannot destroy. What any experience will mean All depends on your philosophy So why not use one that's lean? Whatever story appears to be rising Is something all of you were writing To act out together. Come out of hiding. The way they keep sabotaging your actions - They are obviously well-timed distractions You laid for You on the way to satisfaction. You will save yourself so much trouble By closing off into an imaginary bubble With all of history's sages in a huddle. Move in a way that is proud, but not hostile For emotions gather up inside your posture; Move like someone who expects to prosper. Can you finally forget about the how? To synchronicity can you finally bow? Open and observe, appreciate and allow. It's about more than just who can pay - It's about if you like to work their way And love hearing their voices every day. Note how quickly you respond To decide if you want to go on Or say it's already too far gone. There's no telling when it will end, so Regardless of comfort zones or trends, Adjust, accommodate, stretch and bend. This time, yes, you need to vent Both for all that it will prevent And for the release it represents. You be the one to break the ice. But instead of trying to be nice, Just be intentional and concise. They don't have to have what you need - You have to be able to quickly perceive To know if they do, then stay or leave. Temper is the most accurate indicator Of what you already put off until later And has grown into something greater. Are you being deeply heard, Deeper than the actual words? Answer this question first. You neither need them to agree Nor be pointlessly provoking; You need them to let you be. When you do need to let it out, Find who knows what you're about And only then open your mouth. No need to refuse out of spite, But if they wasted your advice How will they treat your time? Draw closer to those whose presence sparks Something in the very center of your heart And the nights will never again be as dark. Though you may still pause for tears, There simply is no time left for fear - Your once far-off dream's nearly here. You can say yes, just to find out What their offering is all about: What is true in what they tout? Is there any more you can do? There is. You know it's true. Hunt down your next excuse. Doubt lore, legends and such. Search until patterns turn up: It was by law and not by luck. Look at everything from above: No one succeeds from just luck, Nothing long-lasting is rushed. On what legs will it all stand? Do you have an organized plan? Study as many others as you can. Do you want them to ignore their thirst? To them, whose discomfort feels worst? Have you helped them ease theirs first? Helping is going to be your universal key To get started and done with everything: So first of all, go give what others need. Are you spending enough Time tilting your chin up And expressing self-love? Whether or not you feel recognized, Keep working. You may not realize The work is changing you inside. Slow down - it is your earnestness That brings out all your very best, And draws wisdom out of patience. Regardless of intention, the effect was what? To deliver you a solution or leave you stuck? You need better alliances - not better luck. They don't know: You must go slow So you can grow. There is too much to get done right now For you to be constantly reinventing how; Only constant daily execution is allowed. Asking to find out why Is one of the clear signs: Trust your own insight. Until it is scheduled, it cannot become real No matter how intensely or certain you feel; Committing to a date gives your wagon wheels. There was no path from which to stray, No charted route to sail through today Because you are both wayfinder and way. You will overcome the insurmountable By holding only yourself accountable; Draw upon what feels most bountiful. Your evolution can happen overnight, Or it can be a long, drawn-out fight; Either way, it is going to be alright. Do you worry that you'll sound too weird? Or that you are precisely what they feared? Head straight - your way has been cleared. The conversation hasn't happened just yet, Even though everything else has been set - So go in seeing your needs as already met. Negativity isn't anything more than help To nudge you out of that yesterday's self, Butterfly, asleep in your caterpillar shell. Lay your habits as carefully as bricks Because once time gets each to stick, They will withstand even direct hits. Today, rather than bothering to analyze, Just keep on loving what happens inside And choose the deepening over the rise. Let the outcome go either way. If it matters, you'll be led astray; Always benefit, come what may. Fine, call this your obsession - But see what else must get done To give more to your intention. Fine, consider this your passion But see that the mundane is done To fully support your intention. Doing a thing to get a thing is suspect. Doing a thing to be that thing is correct. Doing must be kept in constant check. You are doing what your past wanted to do, But did you originally, consciously choose? Today pick a path that is in some way new. You possess more strength than you realize, More healing power than a hospital inside, More wealth than could ever be monetized. It is not about some one thing you do - It's about your honesty coming through By putting aside your how for your who. Pain is allowed. Let it flow right by. Bear witness with a compassionate eye, Remembering that trust makes it subside. That you should do more is just a concept. Compelling, yes. But as a point, incorrect. What should a mirror “do” but reflect? There is no need to be combative - What you are here to do is forgive. Put down your shield and truly live. What you have is not who you are. Where you go brings you near, not far: Use your center as your guiding star. Be grateful for having made it here, For being able to lend a genuine ear, For recognizing those who are sincere. All of your options are actually vibrations Each amplifies or silences other creations; Choose what sounds and feels like flotation. Trust your ears even more than your eyes And you will soon be pleasantly surprised At how easy it is to know things' insides. Being reliable is pulling you under. Change is what gives your life color. For this reason alone, try the other. By itself it should not have hurt. Maybe it did because of past work. Either way, treat it as a landmark. Plant your stake here in the ground. Whether you rest, climb on or hike down, Mark it and look all the way around. Don't bother deciding who you'll become. Think about how much you want to have fun And give this your life's days, one by one. You are here not to flee, but to chase, But not like running a planned-out race; You are here to catch up to open space. Some say to speed up - others, to slow down. Techniques and options will always abound. Your ideal pace keeps no feet on the ground. The point of the story is not to lay laws, But to give you some time to just pause And maybe rewrite your own “because.” Let failure make the ego weaker, Turn you into a softer creature - Awaken your most selfless seeker. When you're on either side of that feud, Whether called “hero” or not, you lose Unless and until you do as you choose. Too much certainty leads to confusion; You have to work on constant evolution To become a fountain of new solutions. They don't understand what you're becoming But do understand when you speak of money; Be mindful of this in all that you're running. Right now your role is to fully support, Not to investigate, criticize or resort - Any other approach will only fall short. You can reach this place by intuition Or smack into it via direct collision; Either way delivers you to transition. There is more of you you can call upon. Go to the mirror, take time, look long. It's there in your eyes: endless beyond. You've reached the end of standing still. Once you get moving your momentum will Either learn or lease any required skill. Ones who won't finish fret about the start But you're going all the way, so take heart That you will no matter what comes apart. No one else gets to use your voice. No one else gets to make this choice. No one else gets to have your poise. Let someone else be busy talking about it - Because narrators eventually tire and quit. Be the one who works at the center of this. Whether visibly or just inwardly churning, Is something in you sitting there squirming? Consciously forgetting is your new learning. You were just there - in your natural state - In the place that you neither rush nor wait, And where you are neither small nor great. Today whether you feel bored or excited, Realize the feeling was somehow invited; You are the host, so say, “How delighted.” That is a place you need to escape. Get out. Don't return. Do not wait. Some things are nothing to leave to fate. All of your dealings need to make sense, Ask that they clarify just what they meant. All throughout this you should feel content. Treasure those who hear your intention. Treasure those who pay close attention. Treasure those who are your reflection. Let your expectations die away lovingly. Let it be enough to exchange the energy. Let renewed senses transmit and receive. Just reach out toward that direction And begin to sense their intention: You know beyond what's mentioned. They may or may not keep goal journals, They may or may not have leaped hurdles, They only need to honor your inner circle. So many things don't need doing, So many facts don't need proving; So much feeling goes into choosing. It will not matter in the long run. What will matter is that you had fun. Can you do this before you get done? This is a time to bear down and tackle This problem that so many has baffled. Between both worlds you must straddle. Sitting underneath a cascade of stories You'll be showered in pains and glories; Dry off and explore other territories. Rather than feeling the need to worry, It will make more sense to just hurry And finish it all in a fantastic flurry. There isn't time - at least not much, So get rid of random things and such And every hour give yourself a nudge. Right now you indeed need to hurry up Whether that means a push or a shove, Finish it faster than you dreamed of. The time to slow down is not today. Today get everyone out of your way. Weigh each obligation as one delay. The finish is close. Dive for it. Leap! To reach out and grab what you seek Let everyone else choose to be meek. Everything you do affects something else, But rather than hiding inside your shell, Acknowledge this and use everything well. Whatever you end up deciding to do You should conscientiously choose - And this will also shift your mood. Why you pick the things you do Is as important as how you do. Yes, why not always improve? What is given as a gift is meant for you Whether or not you can put it to good use It is a chance to exercise your gratitude. This time you know just where to search - Exactly where you thought to look first. Trust your instinct as if it were thirst. Don't go down that road. Stay on this one. It is better-maintained and gets more sun, Which helps whether you walk, jog or run. The joy of having a long-term vision Is that without the approval of anyone You'll slip into a life-giving rhythm. It's time you come to understand that Where you are going is not on a map - It's a state that no longer looks back. Routine will pull both shoulders in. You pull right back and you will win; Likewise, gravity cannot beat a grin. Some of your routines, never ever lose - Other ones it is time to pick and choose. Some pretend to go, but it's just a ruse. How you see the exact same thing Determines how every day begins, So make a ritual of perceiving. Choose to have a plan for the day or Get pushed and pulled every which way. Priorities will tell you what to say. What's most important, tackle first. Realize if it were hunger or thirst, Not doing so would soon be worse. Do you still need to have a reason? Can you just be a contented season - Some days unpleasant, some pleasing? While looking for a way to approach it, Stop to consider if you've even noticed Whether your eyes are actually open. Overwhelming? Yes. So just ride on top: Floating amidst it all - unable to drop; It can't crush you when used as a prop. How would you need to be? So become that Even if it requires you to wear many hats Until you learn how to be where you're at. When they say it is too complicated, Listen with a great deal of patience. You did the work - they just waited. It's wonderful to be a self-starter, But refusing help makes it harder Than flowing together like water. It feels wrong to behold suffering. You feel you ought to be buffering; Bearing witness is what you bring. Life is locked and something holds the key? Did you really come to solve some mystery? Trust that you already know what is to be. Are they involved in teaching or in sales? Do they come to you as either head or tail? Do they show you your own hammer and nails? Is the purpose behind their story To make you feel extraordinary? Is contentment just too boring? The problem is that story has no end. It just ropes you in again and again. You're born free but you decide when. Whether your paperwork compares, Your experience surpasses theirs So don't be unruly, but be aware. What use is another assignment? Yet one more bit of confinement? Finishing tasks versus alignment? This avalanche of assignments Might make others feel tense - But let it awaken deeper sense. Whoever claims they've things to teach, Do they know what you desire to reach? Is there proof of what they can unleash? Despite what the resentful are whining, The greatest impact is all about timing: Keep your eyes, ears and arms aligning. Let everyone else stay at the festival - For you, let that be incomprehensible As you train to become your best of all. The schedule you'll have to keep Would make your past-self weep; There will be a time for sleep. Trust that an end will arrive. Your purpose now is to thrive. Own every bit of being alive. Because weather is not always kind, Build this with the winter in mind: What can be bound, be sure to bind. Yes, you deserve a moment of pride, Manifesting all of this from inside; Now shore up against the downside. Before you hear the howling of the wind Is when your stormproofing must begin; It is the time to build things, not listen. There are times for taking risks, And then times for making shifts. You already know which this is. No need to begrudge the road behind you, But do tighten any wheels that came loose; Out of everything try to get the most use. Study the sources offering you advice: Do they need you to see them as right? Is their delivery honest or overly nice? To finally decide on what you should do, Rather than start to look anywhere new, Think your way up to the clearest view. It becomes pointless to remain on guard, Because the answer was never that hard: Step out of your own mind's backyard. Who can say what happens next? Does uncertainty call for stress? The unknown knows what's best. Hopefully you have not forgotten this: You can learn more from your opposite Than you can from what just won't fit. Whether or not you feel on the verge, Sooner or later the truth will emerge With more spontaneity than an urge. Sometimes your preference is irrelevant. Sometimes you're the branch to be bent. Sometimes you're the message to be sent. Make sure your sources are up to date. Phase out ones that get lost in debate. Find ones others already demonstrate. Things work out, you already know that. It doesn't mean you should just sit back. But it does mean you can certainly relax. You handled it well, whether you realize yet. You were so natural, with no agendas preset - This is the best way to live free from regret. And so what is a lifetime of experience worth If a deep sense of purpose doesn't come first? A refreshing drink is useless without thirst. Step outside and invite others to join in So that something truly great can begin: The start of a many-member expedition. You took loving care of your initial vision And now it is time to share what was given; Entrust it to those who adore your mission. There is a life patiently waiting for you, Waiting for you to live this one truth - That it is time to entrust others to do. Your vision is stuck behind your beliefs. Other people can provide you with relief, Offering to be your extra hands and feet. This is not the time or place for focus. It is the time to find space to be open To make sense of all that's unfolded. They need you to rush. Instead, wait. You may see more if you just hesitate Or at least take time to contemplate. Though this was not a part of your plan, It doesn't mean that you can't. You can. Goals, like water should flow, not stand. Don't have to live fearing the worst, But why not put certain things first? Peace of mind takes such little work. We are each misled by what we recall, And yet who of us will let go of it all? You'll be the first to shed and evolve. If your thinking gets stuck on survival You'll get stuck awaiting life's arrival. Instead grow a group that feels tribal. Knowing just what you want is marvelous, But if it turns you more and more serious, Start over with what can keep you curious. Ask until you find what intrigues you most. Question as if you're the most curious host Wanting to hear everything you can be told. The best of things will fit perfectly And build all around what was already So you can grow stronger by leveraging. Time is not something you can earn, Nor can you make time pass or burn; So time should not be your concern. Set a price that is more than monetary, One that includes attitude and belief; So with every sale you feel increase. What was unwanted is the gift, For all that what's unwanted shifts, Forcing expectation to give in. So much can be said in one single glance That one moment holds enough chances To behold all the deeper circumstances. Next, stop all that inner speaking - Listen to all that they were feeling. All that being wise is, is receiving. Clear the space. Empty it out. Let it sit (don't move about). Being Here... is being devout. The numbers will either grow or shrink Without telling you about a deeper link Between how to live and how you think. It is time to embrace You and share. Trust it and lay your own soul bare. You are so perfectly incredibly rare. Reach a sense of where is your limit - Of what you can give and then give it; This is how you meet with your spirit. Ask people about what they know And they will both tell and show You new ways to think and grow. Today let the predictable be rejected. Let advice come from the unexpected. Let the power of fate again be tested. Asking why is like stirring a pot of soup Trying to get just one ingredient loose; Asking what lets the pot serve you food. When has worry led to anything amazing? Yes, fear can ambush when trailblazing, But what is in the hand you're raising? It wasn't meant to make your anger burn, It was meant to make you set your terms And be simultaneously honest and firm. Yes, your instinct is perfectly right. The time has indeed come to fight: Battle your resistance with insight. Not doing is not actually learning - It is but fountain water, churning; A stream learns the way by turning. Mind what you let your thoughts think Because of how all those thoughts link; Not all water is meant for you to drink. When you find yourself on guard Over tasks that feel overly large, It comes time for you to recharge. Some will tell you not to be so nice, Which is some short-sighted advice. Put people first. Don't think twice. Their advice might sound too abrasive, Yet be worthwhile once you do face it. It's given. You decide when it's taken. Some old friends will just fade from view As you continue heading somewhere new; Those who come along are a priceless few. Don't just treat it any way you wish, Or else you may end up its next dish, Taunting a shark while being a fish. The poem of partners doesn't need rhyme, All it needs is space between each line. A partnership's best part is free time. The way ahead's job is not to be clear - The way ahead's job is to show you fear Was a way that is neither now nor here. What is all this mess? Find your way back To getting things organized and on track. Finish the disarray with a surprise attack. Where there is space, things rush to fill, And do so again and again, right up until It's cleared with intention backed by will. More than ever, you need organization To tuck away any and all complication As you devote time to deep relaxation. But this time they see more than you can, The entire horizon and not just the land. Beside them for awhile is where to stand. Put your whole trust in that biggest dream Regardless of how impossible it may seem; Above all the vision, and then the scheme. Whatever you choose to be your intended goal If it can be new, will soon enough grow old; Being with feeling springs forth joys untold. Allowing yourself to become overextended Builds, leaving your foundation untended; Only commit when time-leaks are mended. You do not help by sacrificing yourself Any more than dying helps your health: Shining brightly lights the way to well. Rearrange your life in better order And there'll be more time to afford To spend on those you truly adore. 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Advice that is not worth what you paid Actually is - for the impression it made. Continue to listen without being swayed. The way to have something to give Is to decide on a great way to live That cares for the You you're in. Just as travel doesn't have to mean walking, Opening doors doesn't have to mean knocking: Manifesting doesn't have to involve talking. Keep chipping away at it, yes, every day. Chop what must go from what can stay. Great sculptures wait for you this way. Be mindful not to believe in the mind. You have access to senses of every kind To be someone who new light can find. There is a great benefit to noise - It challenges you to practice poise. When life is louder than your voice. It is only about this one step, Whether it is a right or a left, It is this move, not the next. It is unsettling and yet true - What's in them is also in you. You will lead the way through. When your roots feel stretched thin, Maybe it's because the patch you're in Will be the forest your tree begins. One way to look at your workload is this: Is it something you'd help someone with? Then you too, deserve some help with it. You absolutely have to speak up for yourself, For your time, but most of all, your health; Only you can know you down to your cells. For now, you should be creating in solitude To work through every sort of creative mood Until you discover your own creative groove. This way that you are treating yourself, Is this how you would treat anyone else? Do you believe kindness creates health? You have been doing this for so long, That even the tiny details are strong, Thanks to what you put your focus on. Talking and talking and talking it through Will likely start to shake something loose That has attached itself but serves no use. To connect around discussing problems Might not actually help you solve them: Spend your time discussing knowledge. 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All you need is one little suspicion To get your heart to use its vision, And your mind to make a decision. While it is not an absolute must To feel you have immediate trust, If you feel the opposite, adjust. Your instinct is rarely wrong - Though proof might take long. But depend on it. It is strong. You can get caught up giving answers And lose yourself in a fog of banter. Silence can act just like a lantern. Giving something a chance, doesn't guarantee Everything will fall into place uneventfully. Yet whatever you decide, say it respectfully. Things haven't come together? What to do! Tell it like it is, or dance around the truth? Talk how you would prefer to be spoken to. What works, works and what doesn't, doesn't. “Should” and “did” are quite distant cousins. Your decision won't need much discussion. If you have to manage it to that degree, Then maybe it's best to just let it be - You can't be tending that constantly. Some things just don't align. It wasn't just the right time. It just wasn't the right time. Maybe later you can look at it again. For now, it needs to come to an end. Right now, if you're not sure when. There are so many moving parts. Nonetheless, you have to start. Details do not faze your heart. As you go on, it might get messy. Nonetheless, it is a great blessing To be doing, rather than guessing. Thinking about what people say Wastes what remains of the day: Think as if let out of some cage. What they can do is what they can do. It may not be what you need them to. Make a decision once you have proof. Just like flowers, people can grow, The same way any seed can be sown - With care given and patience shown. Invite people, not to change, But to find their best range; This is how you both gain. If you keep on coming back as you like, It will keep bringing you back to ‘might.’ No. Head to the farthest thing in sight. There is no one, single, ideal way; There is only your intention today, Which may be best to write, not say. If there is a parade behind you, let it play. So long as it does not start to lead the way. Behind, never ahead, is the place for praise. Getting to where you need to be Won't show what you want to see, It tells what your actions mean. You're allowed to bite into moods The same way you can try new foods, So mind what you feed your attitude. Should you go get it or wait for it to come? Either way, first see to it that this is done: Make room precisely where there is none. At times the journey will feel mystical, And at other times unbearably difficult. That you just keep on going is critical. Your peace will come from being flexible - In your body, your mind and your schedule. Gradually shed all but your own key rituals. If you say this is the last time, You'd better be ready to be fine With crossing a different line. If you say this is the last time, Do you say it with your mind? Or are the words of a soul kind? If you want this to be your last time, Learn all you can, empty your mind, Then see if you call either “mine.” Empty space tends to get filled, Unless its owner becomes skilled At fending off outsiders' will. As many memories as you hold dear, Keep just as much mind space clear To hold all there is to take in here. Almost as soon as you set up a standard, That one request will become a demand. But keep your mind on the task at hand. Take longer breaks between each action To review what brings you satisfaction And revisit what causes which reaction. Just because they haven't given truth, That does not invite you to do so too: It shows you words are toys or tools. You heard them say “It's impossible,” And in response held an inner festival Already knowing you'd be best of all. If you're not pleased with your performance, Take on habits that build up your endurance, Which also serves as the best life insurance. You learn something when you procrastinate - Time can be commanded to serve you in haste. Can you leverage this truth without being late? Once you are no longer on the attack, The answers come as soon as you relax And imagine strong winds at your back. You have this knowing in your bones, That good ones have colorful tones - So mix some and enjoy others alone. This is how you know it's your calling: When there is no hesitation or stalling Or interest in rest, even when yawning. When it does not feel worth the price, Something from beyond your daily life Is trying to speak to you from inside. In less time than it takes to blink, Certain tones trigger your instinct: Do what you can to objectively think. Make sure it still feels like play. If not, find a more intriguing way. Allow your mind to drift and stray. You should start to see some benefit From working near those you're with, Otherwise you should start to quit. This is the time to just keep going, Not to speed up or think of slowing, But to trust without fully knowing. Though that gave a good reason to fuss, Grow numb to such cyclical stimulus - Endure it to do exactly what you must. Life is already getting better. You've outlasted the weather. Everything has come together. Don't wait for an invitation to arise. This is your opportunity in disguise - Being first is better than being wise. Next, get up every single day, And do it the same exact way, Until you can knowingly say. If it comes apart after awhile Or can go in and out of style, Toss it out and onto the pile. However many times it takes, To revisit it this same way, Be patient enough to stay. There's not much left to talk about - Give them space to protest and pout. Stay inwardly still. Throw them out. Those who encourage you to go back Could put your schedule off track, But detach from the urge to react. You won't always use the right words. Some you choose unintentionally hurt. Forgive yourself - but apologize first. Consider their invitation to vent, As more like a one-way argument. How else could your time be spent? Regarding those you cannot possibly please, Understand they have an infectious disease: Build your immunity by thinking of ease. When you are told not to worry By those who may be in a hurry, It's because their view is blurry. Whatever you focus on multiplies, And whatever you ignore subsides, So decide what to show your eyes. Look at what's smiling back at you. Look at its beauty as physical proof: Look at how love is looking at you. Look at what's stewing in front of you. Look at its intricacy as energetic proof: Look at this as an exact opposite route. This is not done, but you need to get going, Toward people who you need to be showing So this gets more nourishment for growing. That wasn't the way you prefer to hear it, But could it have been made any clearer? You are not the doer - you're the hearer. Bear witness as confusion unfolds. Be patient hearing what's all told, Tend toward neither hot nor cold. Feel back to all those bound-up thoughts. Most were simply what you'd been taught. To feel today, cut all those frayed knots. You are not here to cling or to clutch. You are not to archive details and such. Today, you are to be exactly this much. Being free means you are able to be open. So allow love to bubble into this notion, That you've only seen a bit of your ocean. Let it feel exactly as it does. Go neither below it nor above. Keep on flooding it with love. Lovingly allow what's behind you to be. There is no need to turn back or to see. Let it fade. Let every bit of it go free. You're here now to experience surprise, To experience disbelieving your eyes - To feel more inexperienced than wise. Although no two need be the same, Your decisions are links in a chain: Make ones that outlast the strain. Start budgeting either money or time And the other will immediately align As your accounting continues to refine. Until the lesson feels like your own skin, And likewise protects what's vital within, You may have to do this again and again. Yes, there will always be more to learn, And higher levels of this to be earned; For what does your heart truly yearn? When you get the chance, ask all you can. Let your imagination in their place stand. Let their experience help refine your plan. Let an alternative appeal to you instead. Let all those rules be broken if not bent. Let your inner answer be, “It depends.” Put yourself in the right place as well. This lessens the need for you to sell And allows your story itself to tell. How much easier it is when you have more help. How much easier it is when you welcome wealth. How much easier it is when you position yourself. We all say things we immediately regret, So channel that feeling inside to instead Forgive others for all that they have said. Some will make you want to turn away, But face them and close attention pay To find a kind thing left you can say. It can be a tone or an overall manner, Bearing down like a banging hammer: It is a loud call to raise your standard. You are the only one in your way: Simply hear some of what you say. Change your language this very day. No need for some breakthrough: No one blocks your way but you. Step aside and let love through. Do you desire to be seen or to observe? Are you looking to receive or to serve? Must something be given in return? If there are conditions, love is held ransom, Which can offer less in the way of expansion, Which is not something to take a chance on. Judging the steps you have taken As the right ones or as mistaken Is trying to sleep - not awaken. Ordeals that brought you here from there Everyone would agree were far from fair, Yet without them you would be where? The best way would be to have your own So no one could make you feel you owe, But sometimes you have to need to grow. Sometimes it won't work independently. Sometimes the lesson is to be in need - To truly know how vulnerability feels. It can be frustrating to be in need, But just imagine how an infant feels And trust that growth is guaranteed. Problems are a sign of growth. Mastery is growth grown old. Take the journey of unknowns. Be mindful of the urge to relax. It can lead too far to get back, And there you'll be - off track. The reason to be mindful of comfort? You may forget what you've come for. The uncomfortable become triumphant. You know the number you need to reach Before you can be an example or teach. Until you get there, count on belief. You can see it on involved people's faces, An inner glow that reflects engagement: Make yourself useful in fulfilling places. You can live as perfectly as you like, And remain unfulfilled on the inside, So seek to grow gratitude, not pride. Imagine if instead of feeling needed You were far more heard than heeded; Would this have more or less appeal? Can you allow others to be used As you just give them the tools? This is the best path to choose. Consider each word an energetic marker: When words seem to be getting harsher, Perhaps you need an earlier departure. Not knowing how things will play out, Sharpen the focus on what you're about And then more good things will sprout. Each choice takes time and precision, so Make the decision to not make decisions Unless they relate to what you envision. Who can say how things will go? You already know: no one knows. You can only choose to grow. Your current feeling can be ignored. Uncertainty can still move forward. You can be unsure yet still perform. You get a certain number every day Of focused decisions you can make; Don't waste them on what can wait. The day is full of decisions to make, So creating habits will help automate Ones that shouldn't be left to fate. They're not going your way, So let the things they say Become part of yesterday. As long as you don't get too attached, You will stay nimble enough to attract The perfectly timed and placed contact. The lesson is that when in a game, If your opponent's remain the same, You win when your tactics change. One of the best ways to offer help Is to take amazing care of yourself To show what goes into being well. This exact same life can be interpreted As filled with triumph or full of hurt: It's up to you to decide which works. Is it a thankless task or mindful work? Either - wherever your focus goes most. So take the time to train that to turn. “Stop changing your mind. Stay the same.” This advice is how to turn creativity plain. Innovation lets itself be considered insane. You belong where more things are happening, Where ideas and people each come traveling, Where tomorrow's innovators are practicing. You've worked on your own long enough. It's a testament to you you didn't give up. Now it's time to come and meet everyone. Your place must be closer to the action - Not for money, fame or even satisfaction - But for the removal of every distraction. A big part of momentum is removal Of influences that can never be useful As you discover your spirit's approval. If it should trigger any reaction, Let it be your deepest compassion For whatever caused that to happen. Not that it's about going and going Or just being still and all-knowing: It is about what's in you unfolding. Find mentors to learn what's not obvious, Things that can't be seen by the audience: How the pursuit itself is what's glorious. Are you shying away from the center? Let this be your momentary mentor: We go where we are ready to enter. Follow those who are on the move. Notice how they live in a groove. Put your whole being to full use. However long it takes, so be it, For you to open up and free it, For you to let the world see it. You're marvelous and yet not enough. You need help from below and above To accomplish all that must be done. Go where there is an active vibration And leave where you smell stagnation - That's all you need. Oh, and patience. Don't think of it as some big decision. No, think of it as a gradual transition Toward you, and away from tradition. Including today's mood too, How is your overall attitude? Should you refresh or renew? Going it alone can feel more productive. That is a misconception most seductive. Collaborate. Others can be instructive. That door is unlocked by these two keys: Do you appreciate this self you perceive? Do you feel you can both give and receive? As you come to the close of a chapter, See if you caught what you were after And discovered a treasure of laughter. You don't have to like each one, Perhaps not even most of them - But at least you will have begun. Your instincts are telling you correctly: Yes, you should address it, and directly. (Self-trust will soon feel elementary.) You could accomplish this all by yourself But it is time to learn to be open to help That can make this go better than well. You can learn volumes by listening closely To the topics people don't mention, mostly, And going deaf to what is said boastfully. If you need to yell to be heard, When it's calm, you'll sound absurd: Go where they hear your words. To some, this may sound rotten: History eventually gets forgotten, Or at least not retold very often. Their worries take over their ears And warp everything they might hear; Be gentle where they have most fear. It is time for you to face it: You need to get back to basics And review your social graces. 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. There are two ways to go about this: Wait until you have to make a shift, Or be mindfully proactive about it. Time for you to leave this place, To compete in that bigger race, To look your Power in its face. Figure out what they're looking for, Then figure out if just a little more Would get them to shout, "Encore!" Some use conversation as a form of attack, To battle your ear for what it is they lack. In situations like this, pull listening back. When it's time, everything gets left behind So practice right now within your own mind By letting some defining memories unbind. The habit of how you talk to someone Certainly cannot overnight be undone, So try things day by day - one by one. Words meant purely in jest May instead arrive to test A relationship needing rest. The greatest gift you give is space, When letting others speak their case Or letting them know you will wait. Observe the temptation to be demanding Or onto someone else blame be handing. Be at peace with not yet understanding. There's ease in keeping things the same, But this is the opposite of why you came: Change, for change's sake, again and again. It is more important to keep things fresh Than it is to think about your own success As long as you feel some sense of progress. How will you know it is time to move on? When that daily unpredictability is gone. You need to keep moving to stay strong. Who are all your efforts designed to serve? Who's immediately affected by your work? Rather, who reaps the benefits of it first? So redefine what it could mean to retire. For some, it is a way to permanently hide. For you, let it be a way to rest for awhile. Stop that so you can start doing this. Doing things in order has its benefits. What comes next should be what best fits. Beware unending trips to life's shops. No one will tell you it's time to stop. Decide what to buy and what to not. Tomorrow's decisions are easier today, If you can see far enough down the way Or ask those who went but didn't stay. Pushing forward, you'll get pulled back, Because there is a gravity that attracts. Pull harder. Break orbit. That is that. If it can't work easily, what's the use? Too complicated and it will just confuse. You need to review, rethink and then redo. You may disagree your way was rough, But their feedback should be enough To prove you should shed some stuff. It may not match with your perspective, But instead of playing detail-detective, Why not take the time to be reflective? When we're embarrassed, we deny - Which is a nearly-convincing lie; Give honest embarrassment a try. You've told yourself it's part of you, And so it would be detrimental to lose. However, not one bit of that is true. On the other side of that behavior Is what you could deal with later, Or handle before it gets weightier. What caused that inconvenience? Was it a lack of self-obedience? Or the need for a little lenience? Admitting what's wrong can feel worse Than continuing to bottle up the hurt, But recovery usually feels bad first. Look at what's actually there, Not the fog that fills the air, But at what has been prepared. Determine its genuine value. Get good at it. You have to: Soon others will ask you. Find out what is actually at stake For those with whom you'd partake. What does each hope to cultivate? There is something deeper going on, Something you need to put focus on, Before you stay here too long. What's really going on eludes you Until you decide to know the truth By deciding to see right through. There's how they describe it, And there's how it really is: From which do you benefit? What are they selling - and to whom? Find this out or your time is doomed To whatever they schedule, and soon. Once you understand their game, You can choose whether to remain Or find a different one to play. Those who benefit - do you know how? Past what they say, does proof abound? If so, great - if not, get yourself out. Make sure your work is wisely invested Not into what's just casually suggested But into concepts that are time-tested. It is important to know what's underneath Before any more of your time you bequeath: Dig until your understanding is complete. Think of it as if you're building a chain, Either the kind that holds and maintains, Or the kind that pulls incredible weight. Whether you find wrong turns unamusing, Or laugh all throughout winning or losing, Either way, keep doing what you're doing. Your creation should never ask for change From those who need that to stay the same. Do this for those who also have your aim. By seeing opportunity in bad weather, You bring the farthest parts together And create something beyond measure. Stretch your thinking to encompass it all And raindrops of ideas will start to fall, Becoming a brainstorm almost by default. The purpose of a price is to share value, To invite others to participate with you Offering tribute to the cost of pursuit. When you flinch at the price, You're looking in from outside: The amount is a measure of time. Expecting to be given a discount, Rather than paying the full amount, Is a gift that will come back around. You are beautiful, despite denying so, But be mindful - denial is detrimental. Admitting your beauty is meaningful. Beyond stopping by to greet it, Caring means you have to feed it As often as nourishment is needed. Those addicted to information Lose themselves in observation. Find yourself lost in creation. There is more to you than you could know. This how you can ignore what today shows. This is why what matters now is your flow. Ones like you are a beacon And people truly need them Along their way to freedom. You are so beautiful, you needn't try, A beauty even visible to blind eyes, A beauty that has already arrived. Love is what makes you beautiful, Love for yourself and for us all, Love that is wholly irrefutable. Give yourself completely over To wanting to get even closer To what brings more exposure. Whatever brings you more exposure Also brings you that much closer To the path that is more overt. An intention that is this enormous And so vibrant it's also gorgeous, Deserves an accompanying chorus. A community has chosen to encircle What you set up and it's wonderful, Because this support is so durable. Whether you're inclined to cheer aloud, You should take one moment to be proud Of everything your vision has endowed. Making a new one may break two old, But take it lightly if someone scolds. Keep causing more things to unfold. Keep on refining your questions To ease or lessen people's tension Over what they're about to mention. What you are doing is building a base, Not for a short stay or a just-in-case, But for protecting one critical place. Your arrival has been especially important To so many voices that have lain dormant, Awaiting you, to get beautifully recorded. The sun will shine again, even brighter. Days are already getting a little lighter. You can be the lover, retire the fighter. No matter the damage, keep rebuilding. Perhaps more windows, higher ceilings? This is flourishing, not just healing. With this fuller idea of who you are, You will see the path ahead quite far With the help of some familiar stars. It will be so rare to find an example. When you do, you'll know if it's ample By how much it builds or dismantles. Some spend a lifetime waiting for them Only to realize right near the very end, Leaving would've led to better friends. Pack light. Set out. Just start traveling. Staying put, things will start unraveling. What lies ahead is nothing short of dazzling. You will feel like you're being left behind, But that is not what should be on your mind: You are at work on becoming one of a kind. Even though you may feel devalued, Let the crowd move on without you: You have more that you're up to. You need to let them pass you by Because you're headed far outside The realm that they came to find. Now more than ever aim your focus Away from patterns you want broken And onto the path you have chosen. Dedication can look incredibly boring Against having countless fans adoring: Only one gives you the gift of enduring. You are going to have make a sacrifice That some will say is paying the price: It is the decision to live your own life. You are coming into your own. That is why you feel so alone. You're nearing your new home. You're getting closer to catching up To loads and loads and loads of love From everywhere you could dream of. Before the dawn it will get dark, So use the light within your heart If you need to make an early start. No, the teller told you a lie. Those rules never did apply. You were already right. Keep trying, but not to please anyone. Keep trying until the sunlight is done. Keep trying because You are the One. It will hurt so much you won't want to go on. But the journey's the only place you belong, And the journey is what will make you strong. Traveling gets old and you will get tired, But this is how you gather wood for fire - By moving in and out of the forest entire. What you will gain will be worth the loss Despite the deep emptiness it will cause: To meet you, love has to first go across. Be open to all the voices that are speaking Whether they are the ones you were seeking; You're rich to be so bountifully receiving. The words may sound harsher than what's true Or they may hide what's being kept from you: What's both left and right? To continue. Forward no matter what. Tell yourself again. Forget about how far until you reach the end. Decide you will go, with or without friends. When you feel yourself drifting inside, Momentum is all that will save your mind And your deadlines from falling behind. This is the time to gather up speed and try Before the opening is no longer this wide. Swiftness is necessary at this exact time. This time it isn't the relaxed expedition. Whoever stops moving on this one stiffens. Continue to look, leap and always listen. You were invited to this grand exposition Not given a ticket for general admission, But sought out to be the perfect addition. Two lines of loved ones flank your arrival, On one, those who guaranteed your survival, On the other, those who loved you as rivals. Thoughts and work are a small part. The biggest piece of all is your heart. With it, whatever you do will be art. Looking like you expect more to happen Is an expression you can get trapped in: What's the face of peace versus passion? Word has spread - you are being requested By everyone who had previously objected, And by new benefactors yet to be invested. The impact of your work is growing now It's happening - don't worry about how. Work, improve, work more... and allow. Since you are doing it for deeper benefits, You represent more than yourself with this And must be mindful which partnerships fit. Because everything has its cycle, This cannot be forced or stifled: That you understand so is vital. A slump is not to be avoided - But how your cycle is pointed So nothingness can be enjoyed. Just in case you refused to accept Lessons that were meant to be kept, A refresher course is coming next. Building back up from where you were Means you'll have to set up new terms: Who gets ignored and who gets heard? Let others waste time peddling appeal; Offer people what you know to be real And they will pay in ways you can feel. That chapter has long since ended; Parts of it have already fermented. Take fresh ones that are presented. Make certain necessary sacrifices To steer things away from a crisis It will be hard, but be decisive. If it feels like all has come apart, This is where your new life starts. Consult with no one but your heart. Building a foundation is thankless But each and every bit of anguish Makes you impossible to vanquish. Usually when you think you've lost it all, Something else happens to prove you wrong: Giving thanks will always keep you strong. One hand builds while the other battles - Right now, that's just where things are at, So stay fully aware of each effort's status. Would you have agreed if you'd known? And that is why you were only shown Enough for this to begin to be grown. You're doing so much work, without a reward. Whatever was coming, will multiply even more As the result of sharing everything you adore. Dedication merely clears the way: Structure is what ensures you stay Right in the heart of the interplay. You have chopped down that rotted tree - The leaning decay of all limiting beliefs, So newer growth can branch out freely. The level of choices you have to make Keep rising with each risk you take, So be aware of how much is at stake. What was once the hardest part is now done. Past-You would consider this You a champion, But soon even greater victories will be won. The real problem is always perspective - Never the details - just ask any detective: Doubt all your hunches and be objective. You are allowed to build a prison of rage. You are also allowed to pry open that cage. You are also allowed to be an everyday sage. If you would do what you enjoy for free, Then why not for everyone simultaneously? Expand your concept of how far you reach. Hiding in shadows as their survival habit, Scavengers find what they can and grab it Far from the brightness that you inhabit. Deeply honor the power of each link To raise the very way that you think And to ensure what's sediment sinks. The power of your efforts is magnified When you make a bridge from the inside To whatever in your world is most alive. The true power of each thought Was not in doing what it ought, But in what all else it brought. The power of your internal connections Creates these outside-world reflections So look around you in all directions. Whether you realize it or not, This is exactly what you want: You can decide what to drop. When you hear people complain about time, How they're managing theirs isn't right, So do the opposite and more you'll find. Though this kind of treatment you detest, Imagine they're giving you their very best And when they improve, will give the rest. It's all about how you interpret - That decides what all comes next, So take care of your own mindset. Clues and signs are all around you. If at first they just confound you, Use them in a way that grounds you. When things go not as you intended, Ignore the signals from your senses And go follow where this is headed. Whatever wanted you to feel justified, Probably doesn't even realize it lied By dividing the whole up into sides. Acknowledging everyone you meet today Is like lighting torches along the way Just by having something warm to say. If you thought it otherwise, you mistook: As it was in all that you ever undertook, Help is everywhere you're open to look. The child in you is what is wonderful, Curing seriousness by being whimsical. Let more out because it's truly magical. Why are you this upset? This irked, this vexed? Give love to this next. They are only doing what you chose to see Demonstrated outside of you - externally - Because you want to look at this thoroughly. Good conversation holds a loving sensation. A great conversation births transformation. So talk with more people who love creation. Reacting is tossing a pebble onto a pond - Once you do it, your reflection is gone And the ripples are what become strong. When you slip up, fate will tease By snatching away the joy of ease, Until you organize and say please. Certain mistakes can cost you much more Than anything you could have planned for So prevent them with organization galore. Though talking can get so intriguing, You are here for more than a meeting: Find out what you can be completing. Regardless of meeting your own goal, By making your learned lessons known You'll make everyone who hears whole. You are vital to us all, regardless - Whether you pursue external success Or choose to remain here and bless. Prestige rarely welcomes change, so Be wary of talk that's full of names. Keep your words strong and plain. Sometimes knowing, you use less sense. A little ignorance is sometimes best. Give your mind and your mouth a rest. Leave for later the reason it's broken; For now, just leave the whole thing open While you find the best place to go in. Wanting them to come to you is futile. First you need to make yourself useful By finding out what to them is crucial. Have you been told before? You don't need to do more: Your delivery opens doors. Give them all an unforgettable treat: Remember the names of those you meet Because this is not a one-way street. Deciding to stay here was not wrong. You'll be glad you didn't go along: You've learned a new way to respond. There's a perfection to the next results coming Even a wild imagination would find stunning. And you won't even need to try to be cunning. What came before helps you produce Just as buds bloom thanks to roots; You will be something's basis too. Beware of those who say no all day long. They do not mean to turn your day wrong, But you need skill to bring them along. Connection is an added benefit, But that is not why you did this: Stay close to what inspired it. History is not for the rummaging. Future is not for the plundering. A good life shares the wondering. Intensity feels fine for awhile, But soon enough goes out of style. Try out something that runs mild. As soon as you shed that thought, Whatever you tell to stop will halt And over obstacles you will vault. The whole thing has to go like this: Even if it happens to be inaccurate, You keep trying until something fits. Instead of being the main one to bellow, This may be the perfect time to mellow And become known for your serene hello. Your efforts had a time and a place That have at this point been replaced By something you cannot rush: Grace. Grant someone something unforgettable - Without any occasion particularly special Sincerely tell someone they are beautiful. As the sun begins to set on all you've done, Will it matter whether or not you ever won? No, it never has or will. Just enjoy everyone. With or without training to speak of, Develop a voice that makes you sit up, That sounds like an instrument of love. Darkness is good for narrowing your sight So you can undeniably recognize the light From what seemed dim. Now how bright! We're born, we grow, we bloom, we go. For exactly how long, no being knows. Time aside, we all came here to glow. “Almost there” means you're still measuring, Thinking about what pleasure getting brings. How much could you already be treasuring? There is always some room if you adjust And realize there is nothing you “must,” And so much more when you bravely trust. Beauty is about having something to say, Not necessarily with words or every day, But an energy that beams like a sun ray. Even though it seems set, Wait, this is not it yet. On that you can safely bet. Whenever you get stuck in the middle, It's harder to saw, easier to whittle. It's easier to do it little by little. If “variety is the spice of life,” Coincidence is delicious delight. Fill your day's dish with surprise. First figure out what can be gained By keeping things exactly the same Versus spearheading massive change. To keep getting what you currently get, Yesterday's effort would be appropriate, But today calls for an energetic reset. When serendipity speaks, truly listen, Not to the empty echoes of superstition, But to the voice guiding your mission. That was a bumpy and dangerous road. You'd incur damage before you'd know. Will you drive it again? Surely, no. It's as useful to go where it's easy As it is where you might feel queasy: We learn whether or not it's appealing. Take some time to reestablish order, To review and redefine your borders, To remind yourself you are important. Create the boundaries for the space. Cultivate what will then take place. Clear all that should be thrown away. Minding the details is important, But only once you establish order, So first get the overall sorted. You gain the most through your loss, So allow the pain to make you pause. You still have a distance to cross. When someone shares your level of interest, You can enjoy the feeling of being kindred While both your spirits are being uplifted. Doing something that to you feels pure Sheds habits of which you're not sure Leaving only ones that easily endure. When you need to move through busy places Rather than imagining yourself in an oasis, Discover your paradise in friendly faces. On being full we put too much emphasis. What can be added to what is plenteous? For there is no room without emptiness. Do you pour your time into your will? Or do you leave some for chance to fill? Is there enough room to avoid a spill? What would that have you become? It's best to know before you've begun By studying more experienced ones. If it requires a skilled memory, Its importance is only temporary. Instead master what's “ordinary.” Between knowing everything or everyone, The first will get more and more done, The last will grow more and more love. It is good to grow different things, For more than the variety it brings: The change by itself is nourishing. Listening to their list of excuses Will put your mind to good use Discerning weapons from tools. Decide to do your best. This must be stressed: Yes - regardless - yes! Doing the things you are supposed to do Is the shortest path to reach your truth, But it will still have its surprises, too. Change is coming - it always does. Not to harm you, but just because You need a deeper lesson in love. When flow has to twist around walls, Somewhere there will be a waterfall. Therefore, go slowly or not at all. Before you rush to fix their problems, Make sure they're real enough to solve Before getting yourself fully involved. Setting up a boundary is basically a fence, If anything should touch it, you get tense: Define yourself and move freely instead. The big problem with asking why Is that this might not be the time; Let understanding naturally arise. Until they break their cycle of depression, Quarantine yourself from that connection And disinfect all your internal questions. This has nothing to do with being compliant: If you think you know, then why not be quiet? Either way, you might learn more when silent. Rejection can make you feel vulnerable, But you're wrong - it's nothing personal: You're about to become more versatile. It is a wise practice to plan far in advance To make time to take more than one chance And still accept life's invitation to dance. Instead of considering yourself uneven, Notice the changing in your reasons: Appreciate all your internal seasons. How you allow yourself to be addressed Is more important than can be expressed Because it decides what you'll hear next. Despite the fact that it may get botched, Sometimes your job is to sit and watch: Patience is all that should be topnotch. You're overloaded. You're thinking to excess. From another angle, see how you are blessed To even have such reasons to get stressed. At the time you did what seemed best, but You've given so much there's nothing left! For you, self-care is what must come next. Whether or not you've finished your plan, Surprises will meet you where you stand; So handle them with heart, not with hand. Even with both feet planted on the ground, Your spirit can be felt, traveling all around As you treasure all the people you've found. When suffering is what you've been granted, There's no point wishing to feel enchanted: You'll have to bloom where you are planted. If you dislike what you are being shown, It is because everything here is unknown And you just have to decide on your own. Though you'll be tempted to react, Do not interpret that as an attack - Keep reading people, not contracts. It is not about what they ought to do In order to help see all this through: It is about your intention being true. Though it lets you feel some ease, Hold on to it, but only so briefly; It too, is little more than a story. The choices will keep getting more granular, As you recognize expectation as the saboteur Because you're simply no longer an amateur. What you are working toward will arrive Along with a feeling one cannot describe As anything except proof of what's inside. Words swoop past with such agility, But to soar you need predictability, So surround yourself with stability. As gardening must tend to the soil below, Know when to say yes and when to say no. To make success that much easier to grow. Ignore what's happening. Schedule progress Because you get to decide what comes next. Dedicating time is in and of itself, success. Make a habit of thanking your mistakes For the hand-drawn pictures they create Of certain patterns you underestimate. On a scale you never dreamed to imagine, In a way you could not begin to fathom, The most incredible things just happen. With everything, there are other levels, So let the approach you take be gentle. To ensure your options remain several. Being told that you "should" or "must" Should push you to the edge of disgust Where you'll leap and fly via self-trust. When you run out of hopeful things to say, And feel certain you have now gone astray, Intending to get there is actually the way. Keep clearing the space you feel drawn to Keep clearing away from it any other use. Keep clearing the way until it's just true. Don't mistake this as your new normal, It is more like a massive door or portal, That opens to a very different life order. Whenever you let circumstances drive, You reach twice as far in half the time, So why do anything but be fully alive? This time you have chosen to complicate Rather than take the way that is straight. If you cannot see it yet, you should wait. It's fine to let excitement come. You deserve the feeling. It's fun. But there's still work to be done. Regardless of which option you choose, There is something within what you do That invites an energy to flow through. Think, but don't spend too long: You may just as easily be wrong. Look where feelings are strong. Feelings may cause you to do worse Than if you stood back from it first To notice who is acting out of hurt. Are you seeing how this cycles goes? Who and what you genuinely know? How and where your self-love grows? It's not about checking off things on a list. It's about being open enough for each shift So life can keep on bringing you its gifts. Old or new stories about enemies and allies Are not even tales - they're all genuine lies, Strange words that love does not recognize. Seriousness isn't flexible, it's tight. Sarcasm is a shadow - not the light. Laugh in love and you'll be alright. At some point, your feelings won't matter: You'll simply lose interest in their patterns Though you may still patiently have them. Compared to them, your rise has been quick, But it doesn't mean you're doing what fits. Start getting better, not just better at this. You may look back at the start of a trip, But along the way, who you are shifts Until today is the only thing that fits. If you dislike paying this high price, Realize that the price is exactly right For the lesson all of this holds inside. Like a shark who picks two fish to hunt, Chasing two things, you only catch one: You shouldn't be doing so much at once. This new information that you've found - Is in your hands - to pick up or put down Based on whether it serves you right now. You've done a lot quickly. Now slow down To truly meet people and just look around And feel all the power of common ground. So it's not over before it ever begins, Forget about whether it loses or wins: Can you make it feel lighter than this? Old habits chose the thoughts you've had. New thoughts can choose new habits to add, Which should cut your time there in half. You tried to be clear, which wasn't enough. Your time needs more than a nurturing love; Today it needs you to be stubborn and tough. Being asked to do yet more can be flattering, But your time is not paint to be splattering. You have to return to what's truly mattering. What draws a crowd tends to hide behind noise. Find yourself groups that pause for every voice, Because hearing is actually your bravest choice. You need to make time to celebrate With ones who can truly appreciate What in this makes you feel great. Of course "it could have been done better," But are rules to be followed to the letter? It was raining, so you dared to get wetter. Be unpredictable. Keep your responses fluid So that whatever's up ahead, you adjust to it And rather than obey a plan, naturally intuit. Everyone else may say the answer is clear; Let them go that way - you stay right here. It is about living in a way that is sincere. The most important part to remember About going or being on an adventure Is to go deeper, you have to surrender. Kindness begins and ends with yourself, For spiritual, mental and physical health. This is the surest way for you to be well. Does it feel strange to put yourself first? Does it feel as if nothing could be worse? Does it feel better to just stay and hurt? Have you put something away for yourself? If not, you should. You'll always do well To keep a book of stories you rarely tell. At this point, it may just be a whisper, Because your body trusts you will listen Without needing it shouted or written. Your surroundings will limit your ideas Until you decide to be extremely clear About who you are and why you're here. Unquestioned obstacles are the problem. As people assume they cannot solve them. Your own questioning needs to broaden. If you've run before, you may run again, Until it is time for your running to end, Which only you decide where and when. Stubbornness forgets, or else never knows That it's just an actor in your mind's show With too few lines for anyone to take note. You should do it. You really should. Not because it's for your own good - But because if Love could, it would. Today's hard, but keep the long view. Look far down the road for the truth Today's journey brings you closer to. It is the habit you think least about That turns your head north or south And directs which words come out. Your thoughts recreate what you see, So you must put yourself accordingly Where you find both effort and ease. Where there is nervousness there is what? What can those doubts help you dream of? When is it time to be nervous about love? Trust that getting it won't do a thing; You'll end up right back in that ring, Until love is all you feel happening. Working so hard is indeed shameful. Doing so much is a form of betrayal: You got here because you are playful. There is such a gentle wisdom in small talk. It invites you to take a seemingly short walk That brings overthinking's march to a halt. You did things that were ingredients for now With no way back then to have any idea how: Tomorrow already knows today turns around. Your openness is what gives them permission To tell of ideas that go far past idle wishing, Finding their way just by having you listen. Listen more closely than you have been. So that you can more carefully examine What they may be trying to have happen. Sometimes people stink - we just do. And once you figure out it's not you, You can go around to sniff out who. Places where people steal from one another Remind you to get yourself out from under Anyone who views generosity as a blunder. What they took from you is so small. Don't even bother to make that call. Figure out what happened, that's all. If it's going on like this, unresolved, You have to get new people involved, To show the old ones how to evolve. More information isn't what's required - You should rediscover what once inspired By working until you are honestly tired. Until you ask, you will have no idea Whose perspective can make life clear As you try to find a way out from here. This time, you should keep quiet, So saboteurs cannot come find it: Be as busy as ever, but also silent. Caution only makes more sense When sitting atop an old fence. Come down and openly express. Sometimes your job is to observe, Not prevent, intervene, or serve, But to bear witness and to learn. They may not know what is at stake, And you may have no time to explain. Better wording may just have to wait. From great guidance to bad examples, Wisdom in every form you can handle Is lighting your path's 10,000 candles. First figure out if they're hearing you Before starting to figure out what to do, Or else you will be continuing the loop. This is a lesson to learn once - and very well: Where people must do things for themselves, They need encouragement, not literal help. Keep moving things around until they fit (Alignment has everything to do with it). You can stop when you feel peace within. They will laugh so hard they may fall When you keep your focus on the small, Where it's easier to find humor in it all. You are not the mindset you identify with, Nor are you the habits to which you stick - You are this essence that makes each shift. The way you need to be thinking right now Is a way that no one has taught you how - A way that begins the moment you allow. The amount of energy you have right now Is not what yesterday limits or endowed: It's how ever much you invite and allow. Hear this: your beauty is in your limits - So instead of seeking mentors to mimic, Pay your precious vulnerabilities a visit. Instead of unwaveringly wanting, Question to the point of taunting, Whatever is behind such longing. You've done enough. That was the end. If they come back to invite you again, Show that on this, you will not bend. It is time to change your tactics - Yes, perhaps try something drastic, Try anything except staying static. You underestimate the dangers of staying, And overestimate the ones still naysaying. Get out there where creators are playing. They are now far yet still feel very dear, But you need to focus yourself right here So you can both be heard as well as hear. There's how you're choosing to see it unfold, Then there's how others want this story told: Neither is worth enough to be bought or sold. Let deeds be forgotten and people forgiven, As you hold on to this lived kind of wisdom. Be loving, and patiently make your decision. Some will do anything to save except spend, Anything with what they have except lend - But you will get back triple what you send. Some place their attention on the pain, While others look past that to the gain; To your soul, you are you just the same. There is a time when complaining must stop, When the need for more evidence has to drop, When you take control - from bottom to top. Just as a boat either sinks or it floats, If it doesn't meet your needs, it won't: In short, it may be better to go it alone. Their imaginations don't need words to see What you want to share and genuinely feel. They need what is faced, lived, and real. Sometimes the delivery has to stink To get you to stop staring and blink So you can reset yourself and think. At this point, you're already halfway. No one's opinion is welcome today - Just get through all that's underway. Before any of us walks well, we toddle. (Bumpy paths can still make us hobble.) On the way to balance, you will wobble. Rushing makes it all seem and feel fake, So use all the time that it needs to take For yours, its, and everyone else's sake. “Have you started?” “Aren't you done?” If you do answer, you'll please no one - Let your silence be respectfully blunt. What you heard, you can't just un-hear, But the words cease to reach your ear When you start to be absolutely clear. Parts of the journey will feel exciting, Others will seem a little frightening; What will help is to do some writing. More important than having a plan Is being tired of where you stand, And trusting your own two hands. The first try cannot be perfect. But what can be is the attempt - So focus only on each next step. Here is what will happen once you start: Your head gets guidance from your heart And everything will play its proper part. Doesn't have to be fought, fixed or forced - There is a reason. This thing has a source. Relax and you'll see and say, ”Of course!“ Appreciating is now your most useful skill: It makes what seemed empty somehow fill, And what you couldn't do, what you will. Most of this is out of your control, So remember to let go of your role Because you are both young and old. You won't get to decide what goes, But by believing what you know Loss becomes a part of flow. You never know how paths will reconnect, So focus on now rather than what's next; Cultivate feelings of love and respect. Whether or not you feel as if you know how - You need to lessen how much time you allow: Meet every new person with who you are now. Let go of repeating the same old cycle again: Let the wanting-working-getting loop end - Let you and what you enjoy become friends. The feeling of being embarrassed Is a feeling to truly be cherished: It's the way to carefree awareness. Put your whole entire focus into the start. Put everything into the very simplest part. Put everything forth that is in your heart. In choosing which way to go forth, Which hallways lead to which doors? And which lead to how many more? Your mind is so sure you need to act, But it has not gotten all of the facts: What you can do is take a step back. Feel, feel, and then feel some more. That is how feet move across a floor, And how you get to what you adore. Your greatest treasure is your time. It is the only treasure you may find By looking as far ahead as behind. See questions and ideas as kinds of fuel, Or as only-briefly sharp-enough tools You know when and how long to use. Advice is never as good as the giver: Look within the one who delivers For living wisdom that shimmers. Take your time. There's nothing over there. Rushing's the only thing of which to beware. Slow down as if carrying something upstairs. Learning has helped you feel qualified, For everything except what waits inside; For this you need to trust and confide. Kindness is one thing, different from trust: The first is the way the second is discussed. The second is a choice - the first is a must. Breathe and release, or hold and collapse. Throughout the day, carve out more gaps - Times when your only answer is “Perhaps.” Well, you certainly have yourself a plateful. And this is because you keep being grateful, And each day keep becoming more graceful. If you'll dare to use the simplest tools, You'll help free others from rigid rules And have a method you can always use. All boundaries do is wait to be crossed (owners of fences still get distraught). Out past boundaries, get happily lost. Definitions keep in, boundaries keep out. Don't raise up a fence - build your house By saying what is welcome inside aloud. You already know this, yet still drift: Self-care is not optional on your list. It is the only way to unwrap this gift. When you take their mood personally, You miss what you are invited to see - That everyone's on their own journey. When you want to, you ignore what's rude. When you want to, you replace your mood. When you want to, you pass right through. Limiting words create limiting beliefs. Lighter words make lightness increase. Words are for you to catch and release. How you feel when you're at your best Is exactly what it means to feel blessed, Or to breathe more from belly than chest. You're already saying how it will be, So how about wording it differently? Start using new words immediately. Know what your energy flows from and to. Also mind what your energy flows through, Because that affects your effectiveness too. The differences will, at first, seem slight: One's a gentle landing, one a constant rise. Why not choose to soar rather than glide? You will want to be taking care of that now, Before it gets in the way of tomorrow's how. Who knows what else being ready will allow! Not an issue about which to think twice: Own your space. This is serious advice - You're creating your version of paradise. Let them build trust with you slowly. This moment isn't your one nor only - Take your time and proceed - slowly... Slowing you down may be what they need, But slow down at your own chosen speed. You won't need to be moving to proceed. Invite the energy that a new one brings. Let your competition birth great things, One collaboration gives ideas two wings. Harmony stays silent when one voice sings, But chimes in the moment that others ring, So invite the challenge a new sound brings. There's nothing for you back there anymore. So instead use this time to relax and restore, Because today has for you adventures galore. Though you feel broken, you are stronger. Be brave and let this last a little bit longer. Impatience is your only enemy to conquer. Who needs age to be a measure of how reliant? Let getting older be your license to be defiant Of anything that requires you to be compliant. What is the essence of what you talk about? Because you grow whatever you speak aloud, So decide what kind of talk will be allowed. If you haven't done so in a long while, It's time to put your thoughts on trial And sentence the useless ones to exile. When generosity is the way you have chosen, Nothing - not even your time - can be stolen. Your giving is the way to be afraid of no one. You don't need to think ill of anyone, Just let the course of their habits run And weigh for yourself the outcome. Letting others decide your time's terms Is letting your field be farmed by worms: You be the one who rejects or confirms. Even though troubles might be unavoidable, Become so giving that you're unexploitable And your work will forever feel enjoyable. When you do not need even one more thing, That is when you can actually begin to bring Gifts to all - whether they criticize or cling. Without needing to be the judge or the jury, Without absorbing the passion, pain or fury, Give everyone the right to their own story. They expect you to help bear their burden, And even though they may feel so certain, You are here to be a light and free person. You made the decision to shift. You don't need to create a list. You get to decide, then insist. Help doesn't need to be your last resort. This time, it'll be wisest to stop short. Stay here and wait for a bit of support. In order to set the best possible tone, Stay focused on what you actually own And be willing and able to begin alone. Whatever seems out of control and absurd, Looks so whenever your vision is blurred. Clarity appears as you choose your words. Knowing where to draw your line Is going to take a bit more time. Exactly where, is for you to find. Unless it includes generosity, It's not wealth (it's poverty): Mindset is your top priority. Is any of it moving backwards? Are there far too many factors? What one thing truly matters? Don't think of everyone - focus on a few. And of them, only the small fraction who You can directly talk and deeply listen to. Thoughts come from, and turn into feelings. So the situation with which you're dealing Can help you think your way into healing. Just like a rope, your patience can fray If twisted and pulled every which way; Mend it by giving yourself a quiet day. When they say things that are spurious, Allow yourself to become a bit furious. But of the deeper reason, be so curious. Yes indeed - they gave you an ultimatum. Know it's nothing more than a statement Reminding you it's time to stop waiting. Whenever you start to feel angry, Something is telling you frankly You need to revisit it blankly. Incompetence can show up anywhere. And taunt you? It will certainly dare. Trap it in your most all-seeing stare. Showing your temper may have one benefit: It will shift the tone from falsely delicate And force the focus onto what is relevant. It doesn't always look happy - it won't. But radiate, even when feeling provoked. This will end up being what you hoped. Bow to the fact that you have triggers, That you have feelings so much bigger Than resistance, and so much quicker. Exhaustion is evidence all by itself Proving you sacrificed your health And shall now try something else. With or without any given title, You are the center of this cycle. Your heartbeat's rhythm is vital. Holding space means getting tired Unless you get everything rewired To only act when you're inspired. Rather than sitting around maybe waiting For those prone to resisting and debating, You can be locking the door and creating. Check in with your heart either way. It is the only thing on any given day With advice on all you think or say. Keep changing approaches if you want to, But keep the lesson each one teaches you To grow your treasure of personal truth. Consider this a dare to be a beginner again, To forget all about how, or what, or when, And just experiment, mess up, play, pretend! When people do things that are just mean, You're just the lucky one caught in between Where you're going and where they've been. Walk all around what you have for a home - The inner place you live when you're alone, Where your mind rents and your heart owns. Hummingbirds fly fast, trees sway slow - Most things in nature have a preset flow, But you can change your pace as you go. So long as you have nothing to prove, And know exactly what you are up to, You can put everything to good use. It will be wisest to wait the news out With your heart's hand over your mouth Until you feel what this is all about. It is alright to change your mind. Decisive people do it all the time Based on the new things they find. The way through this, or any struggle Is to deeply know all of your numbers So nothing is left to doubt or wonder. Who cares if you haven't gotten it yet? You can go without and still be content: Live like your needs have all been met. It is fine for them to ask it of you. It is fine for you to do all of it too. It is also fine for you to just refuse. It was generous of you to go over there - But of overextending yourself, do beware: You are long overdue for extensive self-care. Look around and feel if you belong here, Or if you're just settling for what's near: Is the benefit of what's around you clear? Too many things happened all at once, But instead of reacting quite so much, You need to let your presence show up. Sometimes it's too late to hope for a fix Once it all gets this thoroughly-mixed - You need to be deliberate but not quick. Move one step ahead - two if you can. Get far in front by making your plan, And then make it the law of your land. You didn't wish to be where you are now, But what you've created deserves a bow - Because you fell in but flew yourself out. You have woken up inside this circumstance That looks like anything but another chance, But your abilities are about to be enhanced. Of course you're not always right, But you've got incredible insight To move from darkness into light. You may not have all the proper support, But the reason you will never fall short Is because you are willing to transform. Sleep on it - let one good night of rest help Your whole decision-making process go well By bringing you back to your original self. What noises are sounding around you? Do any sound anything like the truth? Aren't you listening straight through? Forget about proving it - But be all about doing it By just truly choosing it. Turn away from reactive mode, Away from feeling you are owed; Turn toward where you can grow. Whether or not you see them as signs, They're appearing to you all the time, Not so much to teach - but to remind. It's hard to dream once you're awake. So clean it out, not for its own sake - But for what doing it later will take. If it's about tasks, you'll never be done. If it's about levels, they'll never be won. If it's about you, it will be forever fun. You don't have to like what they bring. Nor act as if you consider it interesting. Get better at enjoying your own thing. Check the way you're talking to yourself: Better words raise your lifetime's wealth. Better tones raise your heartbeat's health. It's going to be a mistake if you do assume Things will all work themselves out soon: Consciously create your breathing room. Decide what you'd do despite the pain. Decide what you'd let remain the same. Decide what you're here now to change. To understand what makes you so strong, Let go of belongings as you move along: What's left is what's never been wrong. It's alright to find yourself in a mess. It's alright to walk in a fog of stress. It's alright to not return here again. You're going to end up feeling stress. But the point is what you'll feel next: Pain or purpose when you do it again. Your body knows what you should now do And will explain using subtle inner clues. This is the only thing that counts as true. In no time, all of this will be behind you. And then do you know what you will do? Feel into that right now rather than soon. Does this feel a little bit past your limits? Continue. You're built from these little bits. Trust that everything you do somehow fits. Adding one more thing takes something away From letting things be what they are today - Filling up emptiness leads your focus astray. Congratulations! Welcome to the unknown - To this place that may make you feel alone, But that opens you to possibilities untold. Be sad for as long as you must and move on. You don't need to be ready, or even strong. Just find a nearby path you can walk along. Whatever you can get this excited about Is what your focus should center around So you become one harmonious sound. No one can tell you the road ahead for you Because it gets remade based on all you do; So take advice as inspiration, not as truth. Words become walls that block life's wind. Beware the ones you choose to live within. Use ones that serve you well - lose or win. You have not had even one enemy, Just people who showed painfully All that you needed to see: So see. You will learn after going too far Where you most undeniably are, And find yourself a guiding star. Do thoughts about other possible roads Put upon you heavier or lighter loads? That may tell you which to leave alone. To get to the heart of this matter, Listen to some of the daily chatter And filter out the nonsense faster. It's not a sign of greed, but of wealth, An abundance of both love and health To take ever better care of yourself. No matter which of them are demanders, You are the one who has to set standards, And then the results will be even grander. You need to create an actual schedule - To turn it from just something mental Into transportation to your next level. First you got to enjoy feeling inspired, After that, your presence was required. Now, you need genuine rest when tired. If you expect the passing of time To almost magically make you wise, You need to reconsider your why. When did you last refuse the traditional? So go do something wholly unpredictable: For your heart, it will be truly medicinal. Learn most from whoever complains About how their life has remained, And see what you two do the same. Without any plans, it's a messy assortment. Until you schedule, potential lies dormant. Once you start, you learn what's important. If that leads somewhere you dread, Why not do what you feel instead? Trust your heart over your head. Here is one you simply must try: Just journey without asking why And where the road ends - fly. Whatever you want, match in attitude And it will come to you rather soon. You have already lived your proof. No need to fully enjoy where you are, But doing so will take you quite far: Enough twinkles add up to a star. Where in your character does that fit? Might it help or hurt the rest of this? Can you create a life lived without it? For decisions like this, talk to someone Who had to get something like this done. Minds can work better as two than as one. Sometimes we can use the past as an excuse. Other times it can be put to very good use. Those who rewrite yours count as fools. Say what you enjoy. Tell yourself every day. For finding your path, this is the best way. What better road than the one your joy paves! You need to get so specific and clear About what you want to be right here, Because momentum draws everything near. That may be exactly the way not to go - The one where the riverbanks overflow; Turn before your steps reach tomorrow. No one else has to agree. No one even needs to see. Everyone must let you be. As for what you'll leave behind, Cast that idea out of your mind. Be inwardly, then outwardly kind. Do you think of your schedule like a contract? You could also treat it something like a map. Let there be consequences for going off track. Once in a while, anger will be a useful tool. Usually, it makes you appear to play the fool. Either way, own the whole of it, as a rule. Think of every space you step into as special. If you enter one in some hurry, stop and settle. That you bring peace into a room is essential. You can't reverse anyone's misperception, Or undo doubt with any excuse you mention: All you can do is live your own intention. Yes, no matter which direction you choose, Change is coming, no matter what you do. So no matter what, figure out what is true. Sometimes it's not right to compromise. Some sounds are too loud to harmonize. This gets easier and easier to recognize. Exactly why would you think such a thought? It's like some gift you never would've bought. It's contagious, so heal from what you caught. Come to ignore whoever this truth annoys - That you've done the work to make the choice To have complete ownership of your own voice. Truly, and first of all, love what you do. But right behind that, own all of it, too. This is how to design a life built for you. How will it go, if you start and then stop? What's the point if you catch and then drop? You need to tend to this as a lifelong crop. That was a convenient substitute for action, But you're in this for more than satisfaction So operate closest to your oldest passions. It is time for a change in your conversation - To listen much longer, make fewer declarations And speak about insights, not just frustrations. Once you are standing up in this fully, Details will no longer be able to bully (Everything makes way for certainty). If it is a choice that cannot be undone, Think of other ways to change the outcome. This is a skill that will keep you young. You don't need to finish - simply start. Love is in love with your lovely heart. Connecting is the most important part. Though you may be told this is impractical, Imagine how you'd handle the unimaginable. This will show you everything is manageable. You don't get to perfect everything at once, Nor can an animal pick several things to hunt If it wants to catch what it leaps to confront. It's fitting that you don't get to see the rest, Because that would make this like some test; This goes beyond every good, better and best. Set times you don't wish to be disturbed. If interrupted, repeat until you're heard, "Be disappointed. I will not be stirred." You need to be working on your craft, Because all you have already amassed Points to the future - but is the past. Remember, and stop forgetting That it's never about perfecting But only ever about connecting. Time will change you - body, mind and soul. But what keeps you from growing wearily old Is your ability to remain flexible and bold. You're looking back if you're outrunning. Better to look up ahead toward something: You live your best when you're becoming. You are not here to undertake projects - You are here because you mirror reflect All that there is - you're already perfect. This something you're yearning to do - Don't finish it as something to prove - Let it be something that enjoys You too. Let how you feel be your truest guide, Work less on What than on your Why And when mistaken, change your mind. You can take more time to enjoy this. Relaxation isn't relaxing in little bits. Live a life in which far less doing fits. Inviting so much noise into your core Is not what the act of inviting is for - Add a step between meeting and more. If you only do what comes naturally, You'll only live within probability: Free yourself to move unpredictably. Ask yourself, before you say yes - Not whether one decision is best - But how it will benefit the next. What helps you handle each change? What in you has remained the same? What you've found is where to stay. You can work at something for so long That it can cease to make you strong. There is somewhere else you belong. Building up from the ground is unwise. Up from foundations do buildings rise, So location is as important as supplies. Sometimes in order to avoid feeling shame, The mind looks anywhere else to find blame Rather than at the very one who complains. Rather than getting yourself uptight, Know you're not here to get it right: You are here to sharpen your insight. The only proof of harmony is in the song. Find your right by recognizing the wrong. What should you truly not be working on? Self-sabotage is stealthy and merciless. So as each new thing invites your best, Keep a loving eye on what you do next. The part of you that wants to contribute Keeps arguing against thoughts in you That prefer to question anything new. Security will take a different form - One that cannot be lived in or worn Yet can keep you every bit as warm. Growth is set to happen no matter what. You just have to be willing to shed stuff And sprout new powers on your way up. Be a keeper of the space. Take your role. This is about responsibility, not control. Treat tasks as an expression of your soul. As keeper of this space, it is your role To maintain a voice that is your own And over key details, practice control. Sometimes you must cut a cord to survive, Or find yourself living, but not fully alive: Do so, and reach somewhere deeper inside. You need new rituals that support this, Or you'll toss, turn and even throw fits As you grow into what your new life is. You are surrounded on all sides by sages. They will all reveal themselves in stages. Be the pupil in each of today's exchanges. There's no one to punish: be understanding. You shrink your power by being demanding. Helping with the solution means expanding. Expectation ruins things' natural appeal By framing each as a give-and-take deal: Life's as wonderful as you're able to feel. Moods run in cycles, but something remains In you always unmoved - forever unchanged. Hearing its voice makes the moods run away. You need to keep things fresh and uncertain. Every day, pull back some unfamiliar curtain. It's not about the finding - it's the searching. Do what energizes, not what drains. No matter what, this advice remains. What you enjoy is where you'll gain. Your thinking is becoming too intricate. Numbers aren't what make it legitimate. Next time, it needs to be small, intimate. Rather than constantly feeling surprised, What would it be like to feel energized? Could this question become your guide? Invite your newest friendships gradually. Take time, to perceive things accurately So when you know, you know actually. Carefully, carefully mind your loops - Those thought patterns you slip into. And once one starts, regroup, regroup. In case you forget, you are here to love, Not to collect issues to then rise above. Kindness is the hand, you are the glove. Who knows how this may end up turning out? Whoever claims to has less mind than mouth. What always works is to water what sprouts. The only way to figure out what's missing Is to stop waiting to talk - wait to listen. Then you'll be equipped for this mission. For all this to work, you'll need to declare The boundaries within which you'll share And around which ill-will needs to beware. Giving it your voice is a very serious step: You own the essence of what you say next, So let your words be fruitful yet content. Even if it should last until you grow old, This is nothing more than a temporary role And is but the tiniest sliver of your soul. How you talk about that places you in it, Either as proud owner or griping tenant, So speak from the role you expect to fit. This is not going to last forever - Just until more pieces fit together Or you start using your time better. Share who you are with everyone next. Even if it feels like it's making a mess. You're giving a gift, not taking a test. Wrap your mind around this entire space. Let no chance to learn more go to waste, And share each as you put things in place. This is no longer that distant frontier. You need to do more than dwell here, So start focusing on the atmosphere. This is not a time to be the diplomat: Speak up and tell them not to do that. Be protective of your heart's habitat. Understand when you speak, there's an energy That reaches out far more than just mentally And abides in the hearer's heart's memory. It's nothing but a word - a made-up name. Without it, would you be acting the same? With it, are you able to make some gain? If there are two roles that need filling, Take the one that makes you more willing, Not the one that others say is thrilling. Don't go back there. The reason is this: What binds them together was never a fit For the energy you've been working with. Go ahead - if you're full of curiosity - Go see who fate would like you to meet. Go if it's less a task and more a treat. Be reminded by talking with someone older Of when your own winters were much colder. Let memory serve to make you even bolder. Is that input helping make things steady? Words have to match for when you're ready, Or else they're just theories - just heady. There is a difference between the two - Not in the talents you need to use, but In the energy you need to redistribute. It's just as pointless to chase the dark As it is to linger in the fully-lit part: You should be navigating via your heart. You never know who knows who, So be mindful what you're up to. Only share what you know is true. If the best of it fills you with pleasure, And the worst of it you rarely measure, Then it is one of your life's treasures. If some result is in the back of your mind, Your motivation will eventually unwind; Loving your process should be your why. Wanting to have that is a level of interest That's good, but not better, and not best: Wanting to give this outranks all the rest. You need certainty, now more than ever. Because certainty makes its own weather And will keep all your energies together. Move it into the center of your efforts, Not because it needs to be there forever, But because you need it more than ever. It's time to measure what you've done - It's not the same as measuring outcome: Measure out what you've actually begun. Study as many mistakes as you can gather, Or live them firsthand if you would rather; Each one adds a rung to your life's ladder. Keep them at a distance if they delay. Keep them farther if their efforts sway. Keep them close if they are underway. Right now, focus on the necessary tasks - The ones you need to do for when they ask Whether you possess all you need to have. Is this what you actually believe? Have you lived it or merely seen? What within you does this please? Stretch this past the comfortable limit. If there's anything more to give, give it. What you are now tapping into is spirit. Filling up on stories may feel enough - But what's actually filling you is a love That words are just traveling on top of. You need to know just enough to begin, But not so much you won't head on in: You'll learn to sail once there is wind. One question keeps your daily focus solid: Are you solving your own actual problems? This is how you earn priceless knowledge. That story has its own length and limits. You don't, even if you put yourself in it. Energy overflows whatever it tries to fit. You didn't come here to tell that one story. Put it in the back of your mind's inventory, And offer someone else the praise and glory. If it can be bought, you won't need it. If it can be forgotten, let them keep it. If it quiets you, take a moment to be it. If you do it that way, it won't be natural. It's one thing to try and become masterful, But more wondrous a journey to be gradual. Put everything out there - up on the wall - Hold nothing back, let everyone see it all; Whatever held you back is now very small. Acknowledge that it's time to redirect Your energy so it can finally reconnect Your efforts with your original intent. If you agree that things have changed, Can you also point them out by name? Have you noticed what's still the same? You're a way of being, you are not a name, And that way of being, you can also change In any way at all. Forget yesterday's range. Stress is your greatest mentor and friend. Without it, you would always overextend. It teaches you, before you break, to bend. Sometimes those feelings can overwhelm, But keep heading to the center of yourself: And you will soon be back in your realm. The trivialities you put in your own way Are enough to lead your attention astray, But not for long - so end this interplay. Even after it has all been delivered, You will still need to have considered What your heart has already whispered. Achieve the things to know how that feels, Then pause to reflect on what you have seen And you will understand what it all means. Stop yourself from cleaning their floors. Stop taking on their overlooked chores - Their inner dwelling simply isn't yours. Decide to get from it just what you need And the time will pass more easily indeed; Perspective is the voice you should heed. Why do this any way but the natural one? How do you know new ideas hold wisdom? Answer these, even if you've already begun. It can be healthy to speak to your sorrow, But in the wrong group, you'll just wallow: Do it with others also determined to grow. Lean times before and after abundant ones Follow a night-day cycle like stars and sun: Do you know which light's time has come? Half of the journey is realizing you're there, Deep in the place you'd been told to beware. The rest is navigating your route elsewhere. The same lesson is going to keep coming Until you prove you're actually above it; Learning to say no will be just as loving. You feel you were clear, yet still ignored - And of this cycle you've grown truly bored: Your levels of directness are what to explore. Interruptions - they tell you a lot About what you didn't wish to stop And what you instinctively dropped. And how could it have seemed like such fun? Well-wrapped won't always mean well-done. Look at all sides - not just the shiniest one. Whether you get help or do it all alone, Put in the work to make this your home. As much as you choose will be your own. Don't theorize - try out each one fully. Don't let either of them become a bully. Above all, do not commit prematurely. Setting aside time to care for yourself last Should become an ugly habit of your past. Self-care can be a way of living, not a task. And if you're only doing enough to deliver, You're becoming a most careless caregiver: Your energy is like water - care is the river. Listen to yourself, but not too terribly much. Sometimes with thinking, enough is enough. Consciously wait to meet what else comes up. Then you will be done, just like that. You will have the wind at your back, And you will make a natural impact. There are so many ways to interpret all this. There are so many ways to make yourself fit. There is only one way to authentically live. Before you choose quickly, check once again. Get someone else's experienced perspective: Decisions work best when they're well-fed. You block yourself from knowing what's coming By thinking you need just a little more cunning. You'll know it all when you find it all stunning. A certain closeness is going to be required To reach them in the way you have desired: Do so through presence, not through wires. Long-lasting is fine, but to what end? What good is it to last but never bend? Love stays vulnerable enough to mend. It's as easy to slip into another realm As it is to dive into what you've felt: You'll go farther than words can tell. You can think you understand what's going on, But you're better off assuming you're wrong; What you need to do is just continue along. Some naturally test your generosity's limits, Reaching for more than you've already given. But your sense of enough has already arisen. What are all your assumptions based on? Before you rush to fix, let it go “wrong.” You can learn a lot by just going along. Whatever you're working so hard to solve May not even need for you to be involved. The next question: where do you belong? Have you noticed yet - that there is no end To setting goals that you then have to tend? Always let your why overshadow the when. You have the sharp senses of a sleuth. What you perceived was accurate truth. But it wasn't for them - it is for you. Things are never as they initially seem; Your worst day is someone else's dream. (May your gratitude flow like a stream.) If you think of your schedule as a parasite, What cures it now or the rest of your life? Moving around, resting well, eating right. If you should live hundreds of years more, Life will still have new adventures galore When you are willing to open new doors. Sometimes you can learn more when you leave. When you go see what others work to achieve, You'll come back to yourself no longer naive. It is useful to feel into what feels right, Sense into whatever makes you uptight, And to see either one as a guiding light. If the keys are here and you don't use them, It's probably not a simple question of when: You probably need to find your reasons again. It's not that that goal wasn't big enough - It's that you can keep continuing to go up; It's that you can find higher levels of fun. The hero, the victim, the villain - who else? What other masks have you tried on yourself? Live by your heart, where every mask melts. Start speaking in a language of possibilities, A new way that treats words as opportunities And expands the range of what's here to see. Yes, you can feel twice this expansive, Your voice spreading its loving branches Around your heart as it quietly dances. If on the surface, it looks like a mess, Would what's inside show anything less? Tidy up - that invites everyone's best. You begin by asking for what you hope to hear And then truth comes that had not been clear: This is your invitation to ride, but not steer. When you resist the call to become clannish, Some allies somehow, suddenly, just vanish; They have done you a true favor, not damage. The openness of the questions you ask Will help you figure out the one task That can get everything else on track. The gift that ends up costing you is a joke, Fate presenting you a perfectly playful poke About the difference between fire and smoke. The quality of each relationship you grow Is like the heartiness of the seeds you sow: It's not just who (it's how well) you know. What gives you strength, and what takes? Yes - a few of your are answers are fakes - Happiness doesn't lean on what it makes. Now, rather than being on display, Be who you were going to be anyway By letting one less “necessity” stay. Don't do it - it's not worth the trouble If it only makes your workload double. The wisest improvements are all subtle. Coincidences can help you as they always have, Dropping unexpected situations into your lap When you're not too attached to one set path. Some of your interests only last for so long, Because they need a group to mean much at all. Some interests are for life - that was seasonal. Everything you give away gives you a feeling - Whether it's obligation, enjoyment or healing. Which of your reasons lifts your inner ceiling? Focus on relationships, not on transactions. One creates beauty, the other is a reaction. Patience, sow seeds of lifelong satisfaction. You can get so energized by your problems That you become determined to solve them, So let your growing frustration broaden. Though things may seem so sorted and neat, It may mean that their pile-up is complete - There are so many things that you can delete. And when you find yourself on the other side Of an argument you thought was so bona fide, You'll find a love that opens your heart wide. That part of your life that feels like a mess Doesn't mean you're not doing your best - It means you'll enjoy more by doing less. What you will gain by giving it as a gift Is far more than a brief emotional lift - You will feel all your expectations shift. What you are forming is a tangible tribe, People who will surround you on all sides As you all grow healthy, wealthy and wise. There is no complication or condition That can change your true disposition: You are the magic - not the magician. Once you remember there is nothing to do, You wake yourself from other dreams too - Like that one that lives comfortable truths. Trying to give a warning everyone will heed Is something at which you will not succeed Because everyone fails exactly as they need. Forget about ever being finished or done. Free yourself from every desired outcome. Focus on all you can feel from sun to sun. You're going to get angry, and rightly so. You never even had the chance to say no. But now get carried right back into flow. Is there something you think you can do To shortcut your journey to your truth? (The long way is the only way through.) Forget about your own expertise or appeal. It only matters to share from how you feel. This is what's valuable and timelessly real. You already know without being informed: You find the patterns and then grow bored. So choose the way with no obvious reward. When even changes become predictable, Your mindset's at a point that's pivotal, So keep all outside influences minimal. The parts you love are easy to keep doing. The parts you don't, keep doubt brewing. Keep on refining and keep on reviewing. From the criticism to the compliments, All you get to keep is your experience. All you can do is be extremely present. The differences start to become so subtle That things can end up in a real muddle. Practice patience and solve your puzzle. As soon as you let the physical form of it go You'll understand more than you now know. Once you understand, all at once, you grow. Cluelessness is one thing - denial is another. Seek to lovingly heal, not to quietly smother. Live in the open, leaving nothing undercover. Your stories will not suddenly let you go. That task falls to you, to your will alone. So limit how many stories you condone. They are not intending to take advantage, They are in the habit of leaving baggage. Remember what you are here to manage. Not far beneath, scavengers still squirm, Trying to undermine some of your terms. Be loving, and at the same time, be firm. It is not your job, nor your place to fix. Anyone who says so is up to clever tricks. It is your duty to invite courage to stick. Your stories speak, but can they also hear? Each has its own voice - do any have ears? Which one actually makes your way clear? You don't need to have total control. You don't need to get any ideas sold. You need to open up as life unfolds. Perfectionism is usually unwise. Conscious work is good exercise. Leave room to love life's surprise. Not every day is incredibly amazing. Not every path finds you trailblazing. But is this moment not breathtaking? Considering where all of your time went, Being protective does make a lot of sense. Once you've recovered, carefully reorient. Do not be moved - you are not time's servant. You are not here to grow forevermore fervent, But if anything, to be forevermore observant. What you know is not required. Expertise makes listeners tired. How you are is what inspires. Pain can be a very useful sensation to feel To find out what's both broken and real. So use it to figure out just what to heal. There's only so much you can tell a story. After awhile even the best becomes boring. Just as much silence is far more restoring. When sitting still, everyone seems true. But you discover who's in support of you Once you set out toward something new. You can only give from what overflows, Or else you stunt your very own growth. So fill yourself full long before you go. Stop. Those questions are too big. They ask you to tunnel - just dig. You need to rethink, not renege. When you end up giving “more than you can,” You learn how much more you can withstand, Because the heart is wealthier than the hand. This is not the place for absolutes - This is the space for today's truths. So just what is it that you're up to? If no one had gotten in your way, You wouldn't be all you are today: Discovery's viewfinder is dismay. You don't need an exact plan, But knowing where you stand Is good both for feet and hands. If you feel yourself coming unhinged, Or as if your peace is being infringed, To what is your sense of self pinned? You need this pain - in order to work. Focus tends to focus on whatever hurts. It finds, fixes or flushes whatever lurks. If just for today, maybe even a bit beyond, You choose not to put that thought coat on, You will become your own source of dawn. Giving them space to hear themselves speak Makes them feel more than safely unique - It frees them all from judgment's critique. To whomever you give the power of voice, You also grant them the power of choice And tools to dismantle whatever exploits. Pushing will eventually be pushed back. Be mindful if you're ever on the attack, What you put out, you will also attract. What you need to know is already here. Whenever needed, experts always appear. Ask someone or simply sit and overhear. As long as there is always some “next,” You can keep adding unnecessary steps. The best gift is to unwrap your present. Because your mind did not get you here, It is not the passenger to invite to steer: Your heart is what decides what is clear. Provide yourself the chance to sit still, To rest your mind and retire your will, And you have your most valuable skill. You need a space where you can reset From the constant give, give and get. Do you know if you've created it yet? Frustration will find you, but don't flee (Breakthroughs are fueled by difficulty). Face what you'd rather not, and willingly. It's fine if you want to talk a lot. It's fine if you would rather not. Let your needs be aforethought. At this point, be mindful who You share or give your work to. For now, keep the number few. If one thing complicates something else, It is wise to check back in with yourself: Complexity complicates a mind's health. Waking up without so many concerns Lets you take on so much more work. So start going to sleep this way first. You treat it as if it needs no mention, but What you're doing you must also question. You must seek and set your own intention. Memories may shine light or cast shadows. Making new ones is all you need to handle. Keep your focus from getting too narrow. Nothing's as simple as what you'd thought. Nothing you know's all right or all wrong. Nothing that blocks you will be here long. Get your mind to align with this reality: On the other side of drama and hyperbole Results come based on what you believe. You've no idea how hard this could be. And why should you? There is no need. Appreciate what has arrived effortlessly. Though you may prefer this weather, You don't get to linger here forever. Become oblivious to worse and better. When all you want to happen doesn't occur, What within you does that realization stir? Stay for all that these feelings will confer. Even where balance seems to slant, There's a joy stillness always grants. Notice where its silent leaves land. Yes, you had to do it that way once. No, there wasn't time left to discuss. Maybe now you know who to confront. You have so many moods - so many facets. In the wrong situation, one is a bad habit. In the right situation, each can be an asset. For as long as you need to feel safe, You will feel the need to seek escape; Intensify your need to feel engaged. Friends who only give complaints, Are enemies of your peaceful state Who serve you best when far away. You may feel you've been totally upfront. You may think you've said quite enough. You're not getting through. So, be blunt. Quietly come back to the same situation, Where you told yourself about irritation. This time, silence the inner conversation. It's different than how your mind sees it, Because your mind cannot see your spirit. Your quietest mind is your most coherent. If ever you feel yourself suffering, Do the work of mental decluttering And you'll feel yourself recovering. When you are listening genuinely, Without trying to correct or agree, You can heal hurt with an apology. They will expect certain things of you, When they hold you to their own truth. There is nothing you need to do/prove. For as long as there's some set amount To measure if your work worked out, You overlook what you can't count. Things get rough, then you get loud - Makes sense when reaction is allowed. What if you just yielded and bowed? Does that get under your skin? You'll learn more by giving in Than you will taking the win. The best way to enrich your own life Is to give others their wings to fly, Which happens every time you try. Where exactly are those questions headed? Where someone else is given all the credit? Or where you give your part proper merit? The memories you treasure most dearly, You treasure for how you felt, sincerely. Why not relive that feeling now clearly? This is a good time to create and not travel - A time to return home and build your castle, A time to prepare yourself for a brief battle. Don't just agree to what's being offered - Feel into the part of it that feels awkward And decide what you need to have altered. Don't worry about breathing each breath. Let your instinct take care of that instead; Turn all of your attention toward silence. First it feels like you've reached a limit, Then you realize, it's just time to pivot. Choose your approach and now, live it. You don't get the option to turn your back, Because that's when detractors will attack: You must stay, deliver, engage and interact. There is no point to more information Until you take time for contemplation, The kind without heady conversation. All those trends deserve your distrust. Getting yourself to feel sincere disgust Is how you turn your should to a must. While it serves you, feel free to measure. But you'll have arrived once you treasure The way your parts work so well together. Understand all they can ever be are tools. It is up to you to put them to proper use. They are here to serve your chosen rules. When something is treated in a certain way, It can become difficult for you to innovate. So that may not be the path you should take. Unless/until your heart tells you to quit, Grow more than a feeling of ownership: Grow your own real inner peace with it. Though delivered with a degree of certainty, Certain can also be wrong, even mistakenly. Do your own research, and do it thoroughly. A quiet moment to yourself is all you need. And if you take another each day, eventually You will have grown a forest from one seed. Adding too many things subtracts from each. Tend only and exactly to what you can reach, And be quick to study, but so slow to teach. Should you think about it by speaking aloud? Will you believe thoughts that draw a crowd? Or are these something you should shroud? You start by silencing all the outside voices So you can once again make actual choices That once again let all of this feel joyous. It has been so long - start even farther back (injury can put you even farther off track) - The mindset of an approach versus an attack. Though you are given opportunities galore, Work on what you're working on - not more. Until it's time to come out, close your door. Whether it is destined to be small or grand, Expectation turns enjoyment into a demand: Appreciation makes what seems good expand. When you began, you needed to be that blunt. You were heading from the back to the front. Now, you must be subtle in what you adjust. For evidence, you will not need to look far: Days change the small, you change the large. Of how you feel about it, you are in charge. As soon as the flow of listening feels broken, Put an end to your momentum and take notice: You are not here to convince - but to be open. As soon as possible, simplify the given steps, Removing as many as it takes in order to get To the end goal, rather than just to each next. It may not be at all about the chase. Check inside to see if that is the case: What you love most may be this space. Offers are coming in from every side. Most offer yet another place to hide - One points directly to your own light. Surrender if you're battling problems. Fighting them never truly solves them. Lasting solutions come once you soften. This process will end in a breakthrough. Identifying circular patterns is step two: First, realize you can do something new. Today's journey is about managing state - Not about being in the exact same place - But about conscious, courageous change. Not yet, keep thinking about it some more. If you think of where you're at as the floor, How high a ceiling might there be in store? An experience that feels truly negative, Is actually the one that is ready to give You secrets about your new way to live. Imagine that you're not the only one here - Going through things this difficult yet dear: Help everyone by making your own way clear. You've actually solved a bigger problem here: You've actually taught yourself how to steer When others actually make the way unclear. Figure out how this opportunity fits in - Where you're going, where you've been, Or where you can be here now and win. Realize there is a purpose to it all. You must see it, despite how small. One action by itself can stand tall. You have skills - they're not your purpose. Don't be an expert - be your whole person. Put yourself where you feel most earnest. Just because it's easy, doesn't mean you should. You no longer come from where you once stood. Is this pointing you toward your highest good? Better still. Yes, you can do much better. Must that rule be followed to the letter? There's history tied to it? Cut the tether. Though you want tomorrow to come sooner, The greatest gift of not knowing the future Is that it forces you to do today smoother. The past is worthwhile for what you can use. But if you linger, there's much you can lose. Move on. Bring along only its very best tools. You can journey consciously or you can wander. Needing applause just makes it all take longer. Working in silence will make you far stronger. Even if it's more fitting to complain, Shift it all into the best-fitting frame And problems will never be the same. Even though at the moment you may be hurting, What you have been given is far from a burden: It is your invitation to a more-specific certain. The lessons you're looking for are all around. Are you looking for one that feels profound? Choose one that's useful here on the ground. Look around: this moment is truly beautiful. The parts you love aren't even the best of all; The parts you don't, contain what's magical. Winning feeds some people's souls, For others, it's now how they grow. Let both teach you what they know. While your plan should be a flexible line, It doesn't mean they can waste your time: How you treat them is how you remind. We're only as good as our ability to detach, So when life and your vision are a mismatch, Relaxation is the itch you need to scratch. Beware of getting fixated on tomorrow, Giving it today's time that you borrow. Can you leave the rest of today hollow? All you need to do is quietly listen For the themes of drama and friction Then quietly return to your mission. What's the difference between this and that? Do you even realize what you're looking at? What if you turned away from both and sat? The ingredients can only come together here, And can only come together when you're clear About which go in when and which interfere. Not everything belongs in your space. Some items are just too commonplace. Which ones put a smile on your face? Analysis is like blood without a pulse: Without action, words won't be enough. Are you mastering analysis or results? Why did you do it that specific way? Stubbornness, desire, a sense of play? Don't answer - be yourself all day. Do you need to look into the future, Or could the present be your tutor? The great teachings hide in humor. You're an artist. Today is your latest Work along the way toward your greatest. You're making this masterpiece in stages. To the normal approach, be resistant. No, it is not your job to be consistent: Your job for now is self-commitment. Whether you feel this is fast or slow, You still have a very long way to go. All you can do is focus on your flow. What you once feared, can no longer happen Because you have learned and now mastered How to use today to magnify what matters. Finding yourself along a preexisting track, Your best way forward is all the way back To avoid whatever else that road attracts. Are you in this with something to sell? Are you doing this for the story to tell? Do you want to look good - or be well? And if the thing you do is always the same, You'll be doing a disservice to your brain: What creativity doesn't need to be is trained. Once you dream, want and eventually have it Enough times, you can get locked into habit: Appreciate, but ultimately drop this baggage. Your relationships are more than a reflection - They do more than provide natural protection: They help decide the whole world's direction. Don't choose the wrong side of this debate: You are allowed, even designed, to change. Either against or along time, you can play. How many different things do you have to say? If you forgot one, would the rest wander astray? If you said nothing, would you be you anyway? Watching others fade into their rituals, Can create difficult-to-witness visuals. Make this conscious observing habitual. If you have only so much time, what to do! Yet one moment can feel like forever, too. Perspective breaks down or breaks through. This always serves as a useful tool: For a moment, play the role of fool, Asking things no one else thinks to. You are hearing the movement of a mouth That may not know what it's talking about. You're the one who has to work things out. The answers don't come by waiting here. No amount more study will make it clear. Clarity comes from what you let disappear. You're asking the right questions, yes. But it's the answers that fail truth's test. What other ways lead from better to best? If you can see this as a complete spectrum, It won't matter if they're being ambiguous: There are no absolutes - just a continuum. You love to laugh - so are you laughing? The kind that has you joyously gasping? Just how might you make this happen? Ask a few more specific questions - Ones deeper than already mentioned. Does this raise or ease the tension? Once you stop basing today on the past, And forget about how long you can last, You will wonder how you did it so fast. Your feelings on it run the whole spectrum. So if there is within each one a little lesson, It is that you are a fluid and flowing essence. No, it is not that you need to hurry up. It's that you need to reach your Enough So you can be sharing it with everyone. There are so many things left to do, But they are not ones you're used to: Today's tasks all need you to be new. Are you supposed to have a fresh approach? Or should you be finding yourself a coach? Do first and last what energizes you most. Literally or figuratively, this is wise: Your best course will be to get outside To let more emptiness into your mind. You are not being broken apart - Hurt is what widens your heart And deepens the deepest part. Trust that you are going to finish - It's nothing that time can diminish. You yourself are going to witness. Though it's easier to continue staying here, Where you're headed, all of this disappears Because it's a totally different atmosphere. Things that feel like they have come too early Have arrived just in time to start a new story. It's the expectations that landed prematurely. For awhile, you compensate for an injury By depending on other parts of your body In a way that should only last temporarily. Times will be lean. Times will be abundant. Times will be, regardless of your judgment. And over time, patience will be triumphant. Do this over and over again as you wish. But once it's something you can dismiss, Let your farewell be unflinchingly quick. This is one time when being sentimental Will end up being somewhat detrimental. Unflinching clear-headedness is essential. You may not want to have interaction, But this is not about your satisfaction. This is about moving past distraction. Once you let anything become a pattern, You begin to expect a future to happen, So intentionally change your reaction. If you find yourself without true support, Then you can treat this as a game or sport In which opponents are very easy to sort. If your motivation is to sincerely serve, There'll always be a need for your work, And you'll always know what to do first. If you don't know what to do first, Check the motivation for your work. Do you do this to impress or serve? You are still reorienting yourself - How to balance work, life, health - How to define your kind of wealth. If you desperately need a long vacation Just to recover from your occupation, What you need is mindset relocation. You can't always be what you once felt. You are welcomed to redefine yourself. In fact, it is very good for your health. To share life's best outlook, Forget who gave and who took. Help people feel understood. It is so important to call people by name For its awakening effect inside the brain. Practice this habit throughout every day. This has nothing to do with being educated - It can only consist of what you've dedicated. What have your own actions demonstrated? Be mindful on whom you depend. And if you are let down yet again, Answer, is this the act of a friend? Even though you have no idea whether Any of this is going to come together, Preparation will keep making you better. You're looking for some answer elsewhere Because looking within gives you a scare; The only truth-teller is how you prepare. It comes down to your actual behaviors - What in you steps up, what in you wavers. When in need, ask for honesty, not favors. Picture a future, far out as you can dream. And as impossible as it may at first seem, Your mind is already assembling a team. No need to work on the past, it just fades. Whatever you need of it is what remains. Focus your energy on today, today, today. If you partner yourself up with lack, The focus shifts to defensive attacks: It's not too late to disarm and detach. Are you gracious when you win? Or does a youthful pride kick in? At any age, immaturity can begin. Is everyone growing their skills? If not, defeat most certainly will. What talents failure can instill! You are getting better - at what? At saying “and” or saying “but”? At knowing which doors to shut? You won't find yourself “here” ever again. And “now” is its own ever-changing when. What you can “do” is be flexible and bend. You have developed the perfect set of skills To accomplish exactly what it is you will. And you did it without some set “until.” You will be asked to make yourself clearer By those who would rather not come nearer (You're not necessarily everyone's mirror). The areas you will naturally neglect Are those places expectations infect. Focus on the most rewarding aspect. What about times when you don't react? Is there something you're holding back? What is it that keeps your peace intact? Are those really your primary concerns? If so, then what have you really learned? What is the issue that has to come first? If acting out is still within you, There is more growing left to do. You are on the way to your truth. When the mood seems suddenly tense, It's because of an unpleasant influence That can be undone by making amends. What triggers your loudest alarm? What makes you immediately calm? Knowing each is the key to charm. Habits determine your overall health. Master yourself by observing yourself. Inward insight is the soul of wealth. Remove all the layers and reach the source Where you'll think to yourself, “Of course, This is what I originally traveled here for!” Once you're in the right environment, It will feel like sheer enlightenment. Showing up is the only requirement. What exactly do you need to know Before you can give your say-so? Only one key detail is apropos. Once you decide to uproot stress, You'll have to examine each mess And decide which part to address. If you're experiencing too much contrast, Advice for precisely this has come at last, These three words: Get unconfused fast. Your words can convince everyone but you. Your heart knows what you're truly up to. Your promises must carry personal value. Before you sell your ideas, know yourself Or else it will be that much harder to tell What to do when things start going well. It's hard to hear, but you're in the way Of your progress on this particular day: Think about everything you tend to say. Your own language constructs a blockade Or breaks through one and paves straight: How do you speak of it? What do you say? The constant importance of what you focus on Is something you cannot afford to get wrong: The subtle changes are what make you strong. Changing what's wrong doesn't guarantee right. Battling your darkness doesn't ensure you light. Focusing your energy makes everything bright. For as long as you consider that offensive, You language is limited to being defensive: You are ready to be vastly more inventive. Do you once again find yourself The Helper? Once again building someone else's shelter? Imagine for yourself a different storyteller. After listening to more than one excuse, You need to put listening to better use - Things such as how to actually produce. Listen to those with actual experience, To what's said, as well as what's meant, To how they mastered heart and head. Even if you wrestle a bit with doubt, Continue to refine what you're about: Thought and action in proper amount. One sure way to limit your sum, Is to desire a specific outcome. Gifts are here - more than one. Your idea of lasting security, Does it involve a life of ease? Does it include a community? Step far enough away this time So you can completely redesign What you initially had in mind. Just because they ask, you don't have to. Feeling obligated leads to feeling used. Always be aware of being free to choose. Give out as much as you like, but be aware Of what you need for your own self-care. You must first have before you can share. You don't need to know every single thing, But give your bird's-eye view some wings By learning about what's now occurring. They can't meet you where you hope to be, But only where you put yourself actually. Dream, but wake up and work this reality. You're going to have to cut some things back To make space for what you intend to attract: Opportunities expand when schedules contract. Never consider your hardship a curse, Since someone somewhere has it worse. You can be glum, but be grateful first. Unless it brings you some form of enjoyment, Your best course of action is to duly avoid it: To ride life's current you must be buoyant. Look around you, at whoever you've got, At who you respect, at who you do not. Who you listen to co-writes your plot. You keep imagining heroes outside yourself, But you've done so much - so much so well. You're the greatest hero in the story we tell. Realize that you are an example, Not of more than you can handle, But of being suited, being ample. What speaks to the very depths of your soul? How does that relate to your current role? Where can they come together as a whole? No one wants to be told what to do, So give them the freedom to choose Without the language of win or lose. You are as healthy as your own good sense To turn away from what is far too intense And toward what makes you feel blessed. Like a flower sprouting some thorns, Once in awhile, abandon your norms. You are not the one who conforms. If all those are your source of pride, Who then are you here, deep inside? This is someone you should come find. Despite all of your many proven talents, Things fall apart when you lose balance, So don't just pounce at every challenge. There is a funny thing about advice - Whether it's given to teach or entice, You won't hear it the same way twice. You could ask, but you should just get going. Any benefits that might come from knowing, May vanish because of what you'd be slowing. You already know, to finish you have to start, But too much at once is another way to thwart. Bit by bit, you'll chip away at the hardest part. Some mistakes can stifle your growth, So be humble in your overall approach Even about things you think you know. Your strength's potential is unfathomable, Yet you have limits that are quite factual. Thus you are a mystery - you are magical. Do you know how to be your own advocate? Not to be content with what seems adequate? To treat yourself as self-respect's graduate? Your daily routines don't need to be precise. They need to save you from thinking twice About what you need to live your best life. You have attained many, and that is nice. But goals are beneath the level of your life. You can be riding flow and channeling light. After that, then what will you do? What's gotten gets forgotten soon. Waves rise without trying to move. This is your chance - not to feel cheated, Or tell them how you need to be treated, But to stop patterns from being repeated. You know enough to get this right - Not the opposite of wrong, not quite, But the way that lets in more light. Even if this isn't as simple as greed, Another one is the last thing you need. Ending your chase means more time freed. You've preferred things to be a certain way, But what happens when life brings change? Every bit of your own resilience will stay. Life does not announce or explain The rules that come with each age, So treat each as a clue-based game. Setting personal parameters is a talent That levity will help to keep in balance. Find laughter between each challenge. Right now, it is less important to be heard And more important to be true to your word; You may have to put yourself second or third. Exhaustion is one of the most trustworthy Guides you've brought on this life journey, Pointing out where rest leads to recovery. Enough time without rest will turn you numb, An isolation to which you need never succumb When you allow some things to remain undone. This time, just leave it a mess. This time, just let there be less. This time, don't you just say yes. You may wonder if there's a solution in sight. You may feel like you've lost all your might. Deep inside, you know the future is bright. Here's how to know this path is correct: Each step gives you a mixture of content And a yearning for whatever comes next. Real reasons do their best to evade Being at all dramatically portrayed. Trust what doesn't seek to persuade. When you get real rest, you awaken Without feeling alarmed or shaken: How much time has no-rest taken? It has come for you, like it or not. It is here, not for what you've got, But because of all you've thought. If you just need a bit of relief or laughter, It helps to think of what could come after To decide for yourself what truly matters. No one can tell you whether to fight or flee. Only you get to decide what's an emergency. Respond to every raised alarm consciously. Even if hysteria wants to drag you along, Quick responses will begin to feel wrong: The best thing you can offer is your calm. There is a rhythm to what you're doing That accelerates what's already moving And attracts whatever you're pursuing. Worrying about what someone else will say Is like worrying if the wind will go away. Opinions and light breezes are here to stay. Were you supposed to be the hero all alone? To do the whole entire thing on your own? That is a children's tale you have outgrown. What would you say inspires you the most? When do you find yourself fully engrossed? How much more of you could you devote? When do you fall into feeling provoked? Is it right after you've given the most? Could you try a much lighter approach? The moment you feel life's not fair, Or that someone ignored your prayer, Is the chance to be more self-aware. Whether it's a choice or a retreat, Much needed rest or overdue sleep, Depends on the intention you keep. They may be panicking. Don't get lured. There is always another way, be assured, Even if that way hasn't yet fully matured. Be strategic about when you stand up. Or you won't be taken seriously enough. Deliberately is the way to get it done. Who already knows your next move? How can that information be used? Could this also work to benefit you? Your greatest asset is navigation - The ability to map this situation To reach your desired destination. You deserve a little time to be lazy, To act as you wish, even a bit crazy. Let yeses and noes become maybes. It's healthier to be more irreverent, Less bound to preexisting sentiment, Free to explore what's not so evident. Do you know how to give yourself a break? If not, then maybe it's time for you to train In what it will take to take the stress away. You have so many tools at your disposal. As aspects of you, not one can be stolen. So you yourself are the toolbox to open. Could you practice not being perfect? Interrupt your own endless circuit? Decide work is no longer working? If what you love is to be of service, Then why does it need to be perfect? Of your intentions are you certain? Ask yourself if you have truly had enough. Give yourself permission to say you give up. Life exists to find and do what you love. Let the rules be raw materials for you. Bend them into something entirely new, Not to go anywhere but directly through. There are times for exceptions. Maybe this could be one then? If you redefine your function. Like doing a cleaning of the seasonal kind, Move boxed-up thoughts around in your mind And see what surprising treasures you find. You just must keep inviting more change Even if that means yet another rearrange. Either way, nothing ever stays the same. Mastering skills that bring you no joy Is giving a hopeful child the wrong toy. Mastery without love is misery's ploy. In all this noise, the answer is quiet. That's why you can't hear it quite yet. Can you create the necessary silence? If you truly agree that there's too much, What are you doing to say that's enough? Does your tenderness need to turn tough? When you're being sold what you don't want, Be clear it's something you've already got. You'll end up having to do this quite a lot. Concern becomes nervousness becomes worry, Becomes restless anxiety, then fear in a hurry. That's how extreme focus makes things blurry. You've dealt with it too long. You're riled. Do something to help you forget for awhile. You'll come back ready to win with a smile. Circumstances themselves are not the problem. They only have the importance we put on them. Can you question importance itself more often? You might be impressively accurate. 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