By Christine Evangelou

You don’t need to fight everything

Or everyone

Fists clenched, heart in constant defence

The internal terrorist

Cursing every fall, each façade and pretence

And the opposing forces that living fully portends

Sometimes the wisest choice is to reset

Withdraw to your inner compass

Retreat inwardly as far as you can go

Focus on your heart

Beautify your mind

Stargaze and make wishes

Remain vulnerable enough to take a chance

Invoke every cell of magic within you

And pray that your dreams will be your reality someday

Because, sometimes, it’s just ghosts that you are at war with

Your own,

Other peoples,

The world’s hell of false living

The quiet invaders that perplex

The very human holes and conflicts that permeate and churn within

And the spectres that chill the warmest parts of your soul

Sometimes, victory is simply embracing what is

Loving yourself as you are

Meeting others where they are

And then through every hurt, misdeed, reckless act and crashed hope

Choosing to begin again

Becoming your own sage counsel

Strengthening your wings, setting your heart ablaze

Knowing that the biggest battle

Is not the one outside your door

It is the battle of self

And that is an inner war only won through kindness, empathy,

And enduring all the misty, murky pieces of life

So you can create a pathway

Your indomitable bridge to brighter things

As you forgo the trespass, these heavy treads upon your soul

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