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A poem for the New Year, by Maya Angelou ...

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My wish for you is that you continue

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To be who and how you are 

to astonish a mean world

with your acts of kindness

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To allow humor to lighten the burden

of your tender heart

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In a society dark with cruelty

to let the people hear the grandeur

of God in the peals of your laughter

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To let your eloquence

elevate the people to heights

they had only imagined

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To remind the people that

each is as good as the other

And that no one is beneath 

Nor above you

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To remember your own young years

and look with favor upon the lost

and the least and the lonely

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To put the mantle of your protection

around the bodies of

the young and defenseless

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To take the hand of the despised

And diseased and walk proudly with them

in the high street

Some might see you and

Be encouraged to do likewise

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To plant a public kiss of concern

on the cheek of the sick

and the aged and infirm

And count that as

Natural action to be expected

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To let gratitude be the pillow

upon which you kneel to

say your nightly prayer

And let faith be the bridge

you build to overcome evil

and welcome good

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To ignore no vision

which comes to enlarge your range

and increase your spirit

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To dare to love deeply

and risk everything

for the good thing

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To float

happily in the sea of infinite substance

which set aside riches for you

before you had a name

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And by doing so

you and your work

will be able to continue

Eternally.

 

Amen, and amen, Maya ...

Happy 2020!

 

Tags: Personal Calling, Developing a Rule of Life