No matter how deep the sadness, or wide the pain
I vow to live for a brighter day that will come again.
No matter how many mistakes I’ve made in the past
I vow to live and in the future avoid them, surefooted and fast.
No matter how many tragedies beyond my control take place
I vow to live and stay my course within this race.
No matter how poor or rich I may ever be
I vow to live and aspire to search for the dignity in simplicity.
No matter how much a lover may pierce the inner core of my heart
I vow to live for like spring, I’ll get a new start.
No matter how isolated and alone I may feel
I vow to live and do something for someone else to heal.
No matter how hopeless my situation my appear
I vow to live and reflect until my viewpoint is clear.
No matter what happens in this life – good or bad
I vow to live, do my best, and just for living – be glad.
By Malcolm O. Varner