Arise each morning from a good night’s rest,
to work the early zone, my creative’s best.
Start each day well-fed, well-meant,
and every hour embrace each moment.
Write daily to exercise thought and illuminate places
in dark corners and untapped graces.
Be physical daily without convenient excuses,
through walks and exercises and declared truces.
Embrace an attitude that consistently attracts
questioning of conclusions and opinions posing as facts.
Read deeply, with comfort zones at bay,
to stick this habit do so every day.
Eat wisely and choose plants the most,
organic of course, but be humble, don’t boast.
Be a caring parent, a better friend,
but mostly a better listener to the end.
Tolerate one, tolerate all, and remember to forgive
myself and them, for this is the best gift I can give.
Stay the course and I’ll succeed without fail,
if these be the winds that fill my sail.