Consider the poem “how to breathe when you want to give up” from Cleo Wade’s book Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change in Our Crazy World:

“today I am breathing through fatigue, fear, and feeling overwhelmed.

I breathe because when I breathe, I am reminded that I am alive.

I am reminded that to be able to fill my body with air means that I have the ability to keep going.

I am reminded that my time on earth may be short but it can be powerful if I dedicate it to love and fairness.

when I breathe I am reminded of Mary Oliver when she wrote, ‘tell me, what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?’

so I breathe and let my breath turn into a smile that says back to her, ‘as much as I can.’”


Submitted by Sammie Eilert