Treasure Island

Michael McParland


Each Day


Each day I try with all my might to be a better man.
Some days are better than others,
the occasional setback befalls me and I fall.
I shame myself then continue to press on because I want and need to be better.
I do this for myself first and foremost to not feed the rage.
To treat others in each and every way I want to be treated,
striving hard to not pass a cross word even if it's in return.
To be less reactionary in my actions lashing out no matter the circumstance.
Try no matter what to offer a cordial helpful peaceful hand.
Some say that's being fake or being weak but I think they miss the bigger point of rising above striving to be a better person.
Not to stand above and belittle them but to strive to be above the petty things that bring life down and put you on your knees.
I admit I fail quite often but I shame myself and look over all the faults, better preparing myself for the next event.
Swallow my pride in all the situations I must and always apologize where I'm at fault,
not just of pointless practice going through the motions,
but find it in my heart to mean the things I ask and say.

That's only the tip of the very large mountain before me indeed,
there's far to go and much work ahead it will be slow and arduous I know.
Set backs a plenty but I mustn't give up moving on and ever upward to attain the maturity and sense of self and pure true pride I seek and can truly be proud and humble for all the skins I've shed and found new light.

Submitted: Sunday, August 24, 2014
Edited: Thursday, August 28, 2014

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