Breathe. Smile. Move Forward.

Breathe. Smile. Move Forward.

Fear.
Joy.
Anxiety.
Relief.
All occupying the same space.
Living in a parallel moment.
Sharing an identical voice.

The farther away from
the line drawn
on my calendar pages,
the better!

The five year mark
looming in the distance.
Simultaneously,
it is
exciting
and
scary.
Cheering.
Screaming.
Celebrating.
Crying.
All in the same breath.
Together.
As one.

Getting TO this race ribbon
is not the finish line.
Getting BEYOND it is.
The years
in the rearview mirror
are the sought-after
guideposts.

Tethering my thoughts.
Harnessing them by my side.
Keeping them on one track.
Focus.
Moving the needle
when the record skips.
Redirecting
the runaway thoughts.
Resetting the loop.

I. Will. Survive.
I. Will. Conquer.
I. Will. Thrive.

Breathe.
BE.
Smile.
HERE.
Move forward.
NOW.
Rejoice.

Nancy L. Baskin Michlin, M.Ed., C.H.C.
December 5-10, 2014
Dedicated: Year 3 (12/16/2014)
Poem #391

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