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To have lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
To have enjoyed the trust and respect of pure and intelligent women and men
and the love of little children;
To have filled your niche and accomplished your task;
To have never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it;
To have left the world better than you found it,
Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
To have always looked for the best in others and given them the best in you;
To know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here.
To have led a life that was an inspiration;
To have your memory be a benediction.
This is to have succeeded.
Bessie Anderson Stanley
INVOCATION TO OUR TIME
Great River of Life,
You are in and of yourself, your own source.
Throughout history, humans have made every imaginable attempt to control and dam you,
to divert you into a state of separateness.
But you are uncontainable and unobstructable, always rejoining yourself like quicksilver.
You are the estuary where Love, Wisdom, and Strength are forged without words.
May your sacred waters cleanse and purify the ancestral tribal streams of our past,
healing the wounds that have divided us for too long.
May we come together now as one tribe, transcending divisions and separateness,
united in the embrace of the Great River of Life.
May we surrender to the flow of Life, and allow it to guide us toward a world of
peace, love, and harmony.
So let it be, and so it is.
7 May, 2020