Turn Around

Written by: ilene bauer

Life is much more bearable
If, as I’ve sometimes found,
You can strike out negatives
And turn those vibes around.

When you’re quite together,
You can root around inside
And find the place the positives
Most often like to hide.

Then you simply substitute
Each minus for a plus.
It must be done instinctively – 
Not something to discuss.

Most of us, though, need a hand
For when we have support,
We have the strength to hear critiques
And slough them off for sport.

I thank my lucky stars because
My family and friends
Are there to boost my spirits when
Some censuring descends.

And with their help I’m back on track
To face what comes my way.
Such comfort means much more to me
Than I can ever say.