Through the depths of shadow and darkness
I learned how to heal.
Through shame and guilt I have learned to forgive.
Through torture I have found inspiration.
Through losing all trust I found Trust.
Through wanting to die I have never chosen to live more.
Through suffering I found care for everyone around me.
Through a broken man I found permission to be myself.
Through hurting the people I love most I found source.
Through pain music came.
Through illness I found nutrition.
Through injury I found yoga.
Through anger I found mountains to climb.
Through loosing a brother to the other side I found playfulness.
Through hatred I found will to continue loving.
Through Lies I found authenticity.
Through sadness I found gratitude.
Through isolation I found community.
Through losing control of my body I found the Tao.
Through ego I found Laughter.
Through dead ends I learned to listen.
Through depression I found compassion.
Through resentment I found acceptance.
Through grief I found the power to love.
Through heart break I found the courage to start a movement.
Through being selfish I found the beauty to give.
Through searching for love outside myself I found my heart.
Through freaking the fuck out I found stillness.
Through demons I found my Medicine.
Through not reading the signs of the universe I have found feeling in this world.
Through forcing I found surrender.
Through holding on I found the opening joy of letting go.
Through all of it I found happiness.
Learning what not to do is a valuable life lesson
and I am happy to be here and wanting to be here.
Alive and Accepting.–Steven D. Foord June 2013