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I lost the things that mattered

By the end of my life.

I overcame big obstacles

And coped with bitter strife.


I never gave up and thought

I could turn my life around

And have the things I dreamed of

By the time I was heaven-bound.


But life is full of surprises when

We don’t get what we need.

We spend time pleasing others.

It’s ourselves we don’t feed.


We chase ghosts from the past,

And go on pointless quests.

We forget to enjoy sunrises

Or take the time to rest.


It is only in later years,

We are wise enough to see,

Living in the here and now

Is what will set us free.


The greatest goal in life

Is to experience the release

We feel when we let go

To embrace moments of peace.