Right now, the trick

is to resist the lure of instant gratification 

and the easy escape found

readily in a screen, a purchase,

 a glass, on a plate, or

a toke. 

In the present moment,

we need all our wits about us

and so much grounding in love

that we see

and remember what is most dear

and precious:

life and freedom,

a generous heart, 

simple beauty and an alert, 

hungry mind,

a craving for kindness 

for the stranger

and for yourself. 

Courage, my friends. 


©Laurie Lynn Newman


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