Here's to a new year,
perhaps a fresh start.
2014 gave us greed & murder,
it gave me a heavy heart.
So much death & hatred.
It's hard to see the light,
when the skies are always dark.
Do we fly or do we fight?
Let's bring a bit of kindness,
maybe a little bit of love.
We humans are all related,
Life isn't something to dispose of.
Give some food to the hungry,
& open the door for others.
Say "please" & "thank you."
Get along with your brothers.
Donate your time to a cause
that you can feel good about.
Nothing comes to us easy.
It takes hard work, no doubt.
But we're in this together.
We've got a long way to go.
Just treat people with respect
& happiness you will know.

By Carmen Varner

Self-portrait // treat people with respect & happiness you will know


Murder. Corporate greed. Hate. Vanity. Sloth. We humans have many problems, but I can see past that. We have a lot of love to give. Just give it. 2015 should be about making the world around you a better place. If others are happy, you're happy. If you're happy, others are happy. Ever go into work & your boss is in a terrible mood? It affects your mood & work ethic too. Ever get home from a long day & your mum/dad/roommate/significant other is having a bad day? Their attitude alters yours as well. 

Be the kindness you want others to show you.

Happy New Year, my friends! Stay safe, stay happy, stay tuned. 

What are your thoughts on this poem? What's a kind thing you'd like to do next year? Let me know. :]

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