You can say that
you lost pieces of yourself
in all of your travels,
Leaving pieces of your heart
in beautiful towns and cities.
But you know that
with all that you lost
you gained in gifts.
Gifts of knowledge
from their history,
Wisdom from their experience,
Empathy from their perspective,
And love from their hospitality.
You travel enough
Lose yourself enough
and win them into your heart
To realize that we’re all one people.
My hunger for achievement
is not driven by money,
status, or luxury.
Nor for anyone else.
As my own harshest and loving critic,
my goal everyday is to impress myself.
Don’t try to reach for the moon
that floats among the distant stars.
Shoot for the moon
who is glowing within your heart.
The Sun and the Moon fell out of balance,
The Earth hobbled inside the abyss,
It seemed as though the stars went dim
and lost their luster.
Yet we harnessed all the power within
to see the brighter side of things.
We made ourselves tools, gadgets, rose-tinted glasses,
We hoped and dreamed without the clouds and skies,
We imagined within our hearts and minds
a better place where we can thrive.
We worked on our passions, our souls, and ourselves,
And with enough tears paired with gleaming smiles,
With enough courage in kind words,
enough love in benevolent giving,
Everything began to align.
Your flaws are just your strengths in progress.