Born Again

Work out everyday. No excuses. Do it. Morning or evening. Doesn’t matter. Just do it. Stop making excuses. 

Write. At least an hour a day. Just do it. Stop being sorry for yourself. Just write. 

Meditate. Every day. Find the time. Breathing or whatever. Just meditate. Stop telling yourself you don’t have time. That’s a lie. You have time to be lazy, so you have time to meditate. 

Quit your job. You are not happy. You are wasting your potential. Stop clocking in and start showing up for something you love. 

Be a good person. Be kind to others. Help them out. Say nice things about them. Encourage them. 

Do something dangerous that makes you feel like you are not in control. Challenge yourself once a week to be in a position where you are not comfortable. 

Walk more. Take time to be present with the world. Less driving. Move but move with deliberation. Slow down in order to speed up. 

Stop blaming others for your dissatisfaction. You are the only person who can change your situation. Start changing now. Not tomorrow but now. This is the first day of your life. You are born again.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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