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I am leaving this community feeling stronger than when I arrived. Thank you. I am grateful for your compassion, empathy and silliness. Be well.

“IF” - a Joni Mitchell song kept coming to mind while I traveled my journey here with you. I found it spoke to me. I thought I'd share...


If you can keep your head

While all about you

People are losing theirs and blaming you

If you can trust yourself

When everybody doubts you

And make allowance for their doubting too.

If you can wait

And not get tired of waiting

And when lied about

Stand tall

Don't deal in lies

And when hated

Don't give in to hating back

Don't need to look so good

Don't need to talk too wise.

If you can dream

And not make dreams your master

If you can think

And not make intellect your game

If you can meet

With triumph and disaster

And treat those two imposters just the same

If you can force your heart

And nerve and sinew

To serve you

After all of them are gone

And so hold on

When there is nothing in you

Nothing but the will

That's telling you to hold on!

Hold on!

If you can bear to hear

The truth you've spoken

Twisted and misconstrued

By some smug fool

Or watch your life's work

Torn apart and broken down

And still stoop to build again

With worn out tools.

If you can draw a crowd

And keep your virtue

Or walk with Kings

And keep the common touch

If neither enemies nor loving friends

Can hurt you

If everybody counts with you

But none too much.

If you can fill the journey

Of a minute

With sixty seconds worth of wonder and delight


The Earth is yours

And Everything that's in it

But more than that

I know

You'll be alright

You'll be alright.

Cause you've got the fight

You've got the insight

You've got the fight

You've got the insight

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