(Poem #3) The Surrender to Life

What would happen
if I give up
the war inside me?

What would happen
if I give up
giving names
to Right and Wrong?

What would happen
if I give up
striving for a goal
that seems out of reach?

What would happen
if I give up
to try to fulfill
projections, assumptions, images, expectations
that were never truly mine?

What would happen
if I give up
the neediness
to solve
all questions?

What would happen
if I give up
trying to understand
it all?

What would happen
if I give up
all that
no longer serves me?

What would happen
if I give up
the idea that
everything is complicated
and I need to work hard
to earn valuation?

What would happen
if I give up
the thought that
I am defined by my emotions
and the labels I give myself capture my essence?

What would happen
if I give up
the comparisons?

What would happen
if I give up
looking for love, confirmation and validation
outside myself?

What would happen
if I give it all up?

I surrender to life
fall down on my knees
not in despair
but thankful
for all the living sensations in me
for all the love that surrounds me
for all the intense feelings that show me
– the unshakable eye in the storm –
that I am alive.

Jeff Foster, Tijn Touber and Steve Pavlina, thank you for being such ongoing sources of inspiration and providing challenges on this magical dream called life!

Painting by Kim Dow.

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