Life is made up of mountains and
it's not all even terrain;
Some days I wish it wasn't so
and wish it was all even plain.
What if I didn't climb up that
the day it called me to?
An effort, yes, but look what I gained -
the beauty of a different view.
The day I woke up in a valley
and wished I could escape;
Until I felt the peaceful calm
and felt my heart cease to ache.
If I walked the same route every
how tiring it would become;
I've learned to welcome the mountains and valleys -
and to take each day one by one.
Some days are sweet; some days
but for each one there is a reason.
I wouldn't want just spring and summer -
I welcome every season.
For every teardrop that I cry
there are miles of smiles for me;
So I'll take the ups and downs each day
and know how much stronger I'll be.
Joan (Adams) Burchell
July 3, 2004