By Michael W. Raley
Continue to go the distance
In spite of the resistance.
You will encounter your share of pain
Along with equal days of sunshine and rain.
There will be body pains and heartaches
To go along with the negativity and the fakes.
Remain the captain of your ship
And do not allow anyone to recalculate the trip.
Why voluntarily surrender your time
To that which does not rhyme
With your life goals and story,
That which will only bring regret and no glory?
Do not allow your time and power be given away
Like a neatly wrapped present on Christmas day.
This life and this time have been allotted to you,
As the Bard wrote,”To thine own self be true.”
Above all with yourself, be patient, employ perseverance and persistence;
No matter what happens, remain unbroken and resilient.