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To look for myself in the world
Is a recipe for sorrow, loss and pain
For I can search high and low
Near and far
And never find the person I truly am.
In my haste to chase the silhouette of who I thought I was
I heard a voice echo in my head
“Are you really chasing something you know you can’t see, touch, smell, hear or feel?”
I stopped in my tracks and asked myself
What am I chasing?
What is my end goal in all of this?
In that very moment I noticed a change ripple through my body
A veil being lifted from my eyes
The world and its chaos was a reflection of my inner turmoil
To seek myself in such conditions reflected my ignorance,
But now I know better
What I seek and aspire to be can all be found within me.
Let us not speak love but be love.
Let our actions bear witness to our character and how we carry ourselves.
As humans it’s unfair to box ourselves and set limits to our potential
when our potential is really as limitless as our imagination.
Only we can walk the path that Life has set us on
but what we do while on that path is truly in our own hands.
In time we’ll learn that fate and destiny were merely shadows of our own decisions.
Decisions that ultimately only we can choose.
In every moment we strive to do better
with every step we hope we are that much closer.
In the depths of our hearts we hold what we deem most precious
to scared to share with the world what makes us smile
in fear the world will take that and turn it to sorrow.
We are more than pieces on a global chess board
and our lives holds more meaning than slaving away for someone’s else dream.
We are unstoppable, unpredictable and unbelievable in our strengths and weaknesses
because no matter what situation we find ourselves in
the chance to change always presents itself.
The shadows of yesterday’s shame still linger today
like a stain that will never be cleansed no matter how hard we try.
Our greatest weakness has always been our fears
and I use to think it was due to fear of failure or expectations,
but maybe our greatest fear is what if we actually do conquer our fears?
What will hold us back from achieving and realizing our true potential.
Does unity amongst all scare us to the point we’ll see ourselves for who we are and not what we are?
Let us not cave in to our fears and doubts
and remember our tenacity and inner strength.
We’ve come too far and and overcame many struggles
to turn back and give in to the chaos around us.
Our true beauty and perseverance comes from our shared humanity
lending a helping hand or being a support for those who are in need.
Regardless of who we pray to or not,
we still go to sleep and wake up under the same sun and moon,
and our need to come together always illuminates when we face difficult obstacles.
Hope is the opposite to despair
as sorrow is to joy.
Yet as often as we experience these extremes
we cannot afford to do without them.
As enticing as a world of positivity and joy sounds
How would we be able to comprehend such happiness and comfort
without sorrow or pain to contrast it and teach us the difference.
In my understanding maybe the goal is not to put one over the other,
but to do like the ancients always preached
which is to strive and live in balance.
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Some gaze at the stars looking for answers
while others holds hands and pray in silence
Regardless of how you choose to pray or lack of
what doesn’t change is our ingenuity to overcome the challenges we face.
If the esteemed River Ganges, Nile,Yangtze and many others
could narrate the story of mankind
what kind of stories would they share with us.
Stories like betrayal and forgiveness
hopes and unfulfilled dreams
the birth of new kingdoms and the fall of old ones.
If these rivers could talk
they would remind us of our greatest gift
our compassion, faith and understanding
treasured pieces that make up what it means to be human.
It takes awhile to understand one’s inner pain
and self confession.
Whose voice is it that you hear?
and which one do you trust?
My soul is like a deep abyss
which I’ve flung myself into
in hopes of better learning who and what I am,
and letting go of fear, self-doubt and ignorance.
Some secrets are not meant to see the light of day
not because of spite or greed,
but from a sense of preservation and a need to protect.
The journey to Eden is a labyrinth filled with heartbreak and broken promises
how one answers the Minotaur’s question is up to you.
Whether you choose to be swallowed up by your surroundings / circumstances
or you master yourself,
and blossom to the person you were always meant to be.
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I admire your strength and tenacity.
A testament to your will,
and a reward for your open heart and faith.
If grace and elegance could be personified
I wouldn’t need to look far,
because I see it right before me.
Your strength gives me courage,
and I’m grateful for it,
as I stand next to you as your pillar
as you go and conquer the world.