You Don’t Have To

The world rushes headlong not only toward destruction but is there in destruction while it rushes. Priorities are confounded, based on gain and selfishness. Big is small and small is big. What is important and what is not? Is it not the “little things” that count? And has not the preacher said, “All is vanity” after firsthand experience of them?

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Hello, my friend, and where are you off to?

Won’t you stay and make a friend you can talk to?

Stop and tell me how you’ll find a way to catch the wind…

 

Believe, you don’t have to hurry…

Relax, you don’t have to worry…

You’re not the one that has to do it all right now…

 

Look around and people are dying.

They hate to walk; they’ve got to be flying

But six feet under, their relatives and friends are cry-y-ing…

 

Take a lesson from the big dinosaur:

He didn’t get too very far;

Give an ear and hear the sparrows tell their story to you…

 

To win a race there are a thousand in a throng

But only one of them is destined to be strong.

Will you tell me nine hundred and ninety-nine are wrong?..

 

Take a lesson from some of the grasses:

Look and see that they are eaten by asses

But after asses go, the grasses stay behind to grow…

 

You needn’t live to others’ expectations;

You’ll give your heart too many palpitations.

Do what you can for now and gently put the rest away…

 

Take it easy, the night has a reason;

For everything there is a time and a season.

You’ll never find a tree that bears its fruit all the time…

 

Easy does it friend, don’t be in perplexion.

You never lose because you fail to make connection.

You only lose because connection’s so important to you…

 

Where were you when the world was without you?

Where will you be when it goes on beyond you?

Do let go and everything will be okay,

Do let go and everything will be okay,

Do let go and everything will be okay.

 

Great Falls, MT; January 1987 (in my sleep)

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