A REMINDER FOR ALL: THERE IS NO NEED

There’s no need to surround yourself with luxury

to treat yourself to the best of everything

metallic fridges and designer bags

the colours of the season, the car of the year,

to show others that you’re special.

 

You don’t need daily doses of good news

to lift your mood when you feel glum.

You don’t need compliments or presents

or flirtatious smiles across the room

to keep you happy with yourself

or hourly fixes of pleasure

to set your brain cells jingling.

 

There’s no need to say the right thing

to be charming or funny or stylish

so that the strangers notice you, and your friends still like you.

There’s no need to pretend, or to prove yourself.

You don’t need the respect of others

in order to respect yourself.

 

There’s no need to cover up the silence

with the chatter of radios and TVs.

 

There is no need to fill the empty space

with jobs that don’t need doing

or words that have no meaning

or tasks that have no purpose

except to fill the empty space.

 

You only need to meet yourself

to let the discord within you fade away

and find the stillness underneath

the place where you’re already whole

where there is no need to seek or strive

because there is no need.

 

 

PAGE 40 / THE CALM CENTER / STEVE TAYLOR

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