By Michael W. Raley
Arise out of the darkness,
Though it be familiar and convenient.
Fight and flee from what holds you down.
Mute the increasing clamor
And listen for that quiet inner voice.
Arise and re-focus your mind.
Filter everything as if this was your last day,
Ask yourself, “At the end, will this matter?”
Your time and energy are limited,
Make the most of them.
Arise, manage your judgments and perceptions
To find that tranquility and contentment
You so desperately desire.
Do not stumble on what is behind;
Look and walk ahead with clarity.
Arise, be the change you want to see.
Though the tide be against you, keep swimming.
Seek the love and faith that lies outside of yourself,
For it is there you will find the love, acceptance, and grace
You have denied yourself. Arise! Arise! Arise!