Though the ground may not be stable
and a storm may toss you about
like a bag of dry, brittle leaves –
don’t forget to breathe.

Though you may be surrounded
or driven into a corner
by all manner of assailants –
don’t forget to breathe.

Though you may find yourself alone
before a cold, uncaring world
wanting to cry out for a reason –
don’t forget to breathe.

Reach out and steady yourself,
rise to the challenge of the moment,
stand up, face forward, and, as always,

Don’t forget to breathe.

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