Do what you need to do

Much of what I learned of life
I learned from loving Dad.
How to smile when things were hard.
How to care for a stranger.
How to be patient but firm,
To be honest but kind.

I learned
That you can have the wind knocked out of you,
The world worked out of you,
And still get back up,
To do what you need to do.

I learned
How to work hard.
How to play hard.
How to dream hard.

I learned
How to laugh,
Really hard.

I learned
That heaven can be held in your hands.
That friend and family are two words for the same thing.
That God is present in the presence of others.

I learned
That you cannot put time in a box.
That our hours do not last very long.
That you cannot dream your days away.
There is no changing what was;
There are no might-have-beens.
It is what it is.

There never seems to be enough time
To do the things
That make a life worth living.

Do what you need to do.

Those things that make life worth living—
goodness, love, joy, peace—
Those are the things that real dreams are made of.

I learned
That what you need to be—be it together.
What you need to have—share it together.
What you need to do—do it together.

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