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Clouds dissipate but are never gone;
they’ll eventually gather again.
And so it is with the storms in your heart:
though hidden, they’re always within.
I’m proud to stand, to have endured;
for the moment I’ve conquered the threat.
Yet sometimes I fear that the best I can say
is it hasn’t defeated me yet.
It is Christmas season
or, more relevantly,
Christmas light season.
I can remember packing them away
very carefully last year
in neat looping coils
but still I sit cross-legged on the floor
unknotting the requisite holiday cheer.
It is not clear yet
if everyone will make it home
but it’s important the house look magical
just in case.
The truth of Christmas light season is
no matter how careful you are
you can never untangle quite all the knots.
There are only two things you must do to be happy.
The first is let go.
Let go of mistakes of yesterday;
even if you had lived perfectly
happiness is not found in the past.
Also let go of tomorrow,
the torments you build yourself
are worse than tomorrow’s troubles,
should they even arrive.
Once you have mastered letting go
you are ready for the next step.
There are only two things you must do to be happy,
and no one knows what the second one is.