Waking up to set intentions for a new day

And I hear “Stormy Monday” on the radio

The lyrics run through my head over and over again


And I take extra care to make my morning better than they say

I listen for the frogs and birds to wake me up

With their sunrise chorus

I open a new page to write my intentions down

So they will not be lost amidst the jumble

of other stories of my heart


Rising to meet myself in a straightforward way

Defying emotion or recent history’s attempts

To sway my energy

Knowing the opportunities that lay before me

Are greater than the lessons of just a few days ago

And will serve more than I could possibly understand

If I walk to meet them as they approach.

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