When I was in high school, I read this in one of those Chicken Soup for the Soul books. I thought it was really good, and I took a lot of the advice...of course, I'd forgotten all of it until Cassie found it tonight on the internet. I thought it was worth sharing:
After a while, you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning
And company doesn't mean securtiy,
And you begin to learn that kisses aren't promises.
You begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
With the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child,
And you learn to build all your roads on today
Because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans,
and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn
That even the sunshine burns if you get too much.
So you can plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone else to bring you flowers.
And youlearn that you really can endure...That you really are strong.
And you really do have worth.
You learn and learn...With every goodbye you learn.