Daily Motivational

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall. — Confucius
Well then, suppose 
you're a tourist on the Amazon River,
falling into the mouth of a black caiman, 
or falling off a curb in Jersey City 
in front of an angry cab driver? 

Suppose you're skydiving—is there an affirmation that
quickly sorts you out when your parachute lines are tangled? 
Catches your neighbor's buckshot when he catches you 

banging his wife? What's the Secret that inspires you to rise 
when you're convulsing on the floor of a restaurant in Seoul 
after taking your chances with the fugu sashimi—

as your mind races back to the scene only minutes ago 
when you were signing the restaurant's release of liability 
and smashing your family's hopes of collecting the insurance 
and delivering a bribe to the managing editor of your local paper 
so he doesn't print the embarrassing tale of your freakish 
death in the obituary column—

is it a rush delivery of positive thinking 
at substantial savings off the retail price, 
but only if you call now?
A version of this poem was originally posted in July 2014 and also appears in Issue #5 of In-flight Literary Magazine 
published in October 2015 by the Paper Plane Pilots. Tell 'em I sent you.
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