By William Laferriere
It takes on all shapes and sizes
And is designed to lift someone’s spirit…
Its presence duly noted
From Deuteronomy onward
And yet, surprisingly,
We find it somewhat diminished
Through these tumultuous years,
Perhaps owing to the pandemic, social media,
Global hostilities, cultural insensitivity,
Excessive workloads, family stresses,
Or the great divide of partisanship
Or quite simply a craven response to self-delusion.
The remedy comes in a tidy package
Requiring sympathy, empathy,
And a willingness to help
For there are many less fortunate than we.
The first step begins with an internal look...
Go to the mirror, and
Who and what you are, and
Take the time to redefine your legacy,
Look past your own pain to see
The pains of others
And then consciously reach out.
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