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  • There will be bad days.

  • Be calm.

  • Loosen your grip, opening each palm slowly now.

  • Let go.

  • Be confident.

  • Know that now is only a moment

  • and that if today is as bad as it gets

  • understand that by tomorrow, today will have ended.

  • Be gracious.

  • Accept each extended hand offered,

  • to pull you back from the somewhere you cannot escape.

  • Be diligent.

  • Scrape the gray sky clean.

  • Realize every dark cloud is a smoke screen

  • meant to blind us from the truth,

  • and the truth is whether we see them or not

  • the sun and moon are still there

  • and always there is light.

  • Be forthright.

  • Despite your instinct to say

  • "it's alright, I'm okay"...

  • be honest.

  • Say how you feel without fear or guilt, without remorse or complexity.

  • Be lucid in your explanation, be sterling in your repose.

  • If you think for one second no one knows what you've been going through;

  • be accepting of the fact that you are wrong,

  • that the long drawn and heavy breaths of despair have at times been felt by everyone

  • that pain is part of the human condition

  • and that alone makes you a legion.

  • We hungry underdogs, we risers with dawn,

  • we dismissers of odds, we pressers of on

  • we will station ourselves to the calm.

  • We will hold ourselves to the steady,

  • be ready player one.

  • Life is going to come at you armed with hard times and tough choices,

  • your voice is your weapon, your thoughts ammunition

  • there are no free extra men,

  • be aware that as the instant now passes,

  • it exists now as then.

  • So be a mirror reflecting yourself back,

  • and remembering the times when you thought

  • all of this was too hard and you'd never make it through.

  • Remember the times you could have pressed quit

  • but you hit continue.

  • Be forgiving.

  • Living with the burden of anger is not living.

  • Giving your focus to wrath will leave your entire self absent of what you need.

  • Love and hate are beasts and the one that grows is the one you feed.

  • Be persistent.

  • Be the weed growing through the cracks in the cement...

  • beautiful

  • because it doesn't know it's not supposed to grow there.

  • Be resolute.

  • Declare what you accept as true in a way that envisions

  • the resolve with which you accept it.

  • If you are having a good day, be considerate.

  • A simple smile could be the first-aid kit that someone has been looking for.

  • If you believe with absolute honesty that you are doing everything you can...

  • do more.

  • There will be bad days.

  • Times when the world weighs on you for so long it leaves you looking for an easy way out.

  • There will be moments when the drought of joy seems unending.

  • Instances spent pretending that everything is alright when it clearly is not.

  • Check your blind spot.

  • See that love is still there.

  • Be patient.

  • Every nightmare has a beginning,

  • but every bad day has an end.

  • Ignore what others have called you.

  • I am calling you friend.

  • Make us comprehend the urgency of your crisis.

  • Silence left to its own devices breeds silence.

  • So speak and be heard.

  • One word after the next, express yourself and put your life in the context.

  • If you find that no one is listening...

  • be loud.

  • Make noise.

  • Stand in poise and be open.

  • Hope in these situations is not enough and you will need someone to lean on.

  • In the unlikely event that you have no one,

  • look again.

  • Everyone is blessed with the ability to listen.

  • The deaf will hear you with their eyes.

  • The blind will see you with their hands.

  • Let your heart fill their news-stands,

  • Let them read all about it.

  • Admit to the bad days, the impossible nights.

  • Listen to the insights of those who have been there, but come back.

  • They will tell you;

  • you can stack misery, you can pack dispair

  • you can even wear your sorrow

  • but come tomorrow you must change your clothes.

  • Everyone knows pain.

  • We are not meant to carry it forever.

  • We were never meant to hold it so closely,

  • so be certain in the belief that what pain belongs to now will belong soon to then.

  • That when someone asks you, "How was your day?",

  • realize that for some of us

  • it's the only way we know how to say,

  • be calm.

  • Loosen your grip,

  • opening each palm,

  • slowly now...

  • let go.

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    Halu Hsieh posted on 2014/02/18
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