I Need to Step Away I need to step away from the anger, The bitterness and a state of outrage; For it is placing my soul in danger, And causing my spirit to disengage. Constant news coverage and the debates, On cause and effect and bending the curve; Isolate, but if we can’t congregate; We are afraid we will lose our nerve. We’re adjusting and changing each routine, As shelter in place begins to try us. Keeping a safe distance to intervene; To mitigate the threat of the virus. I want to escape into a fortress; Though solace is only tentative. I must decompress and reduce the stress, And act in a manner that more will live. I need to step away and leave behind The carnage and the fear in my head; Embrace my faith for it gives peace of mind, From the images and my sense of dread. Lifesaving procedures like washing hands, As we are focused and adept today. I must keep my distance and understand, As I pray and obey shelter and stay, Is this a reset or a correction, To show what we can or cannot control; Will we establish a new direction, Committing each life to a greater goal? When this pandemic is overturned, Remember the good that we are seeing. We will emerge with many lessons learned; On how to be better human beings. I know I must step away from the ledge, For it seems that I’m walking a tightrope; To renew my strength for I made a pledge, To lead with optimism, grace, and hope. Copyright © 2020 Orlando Ceaser Watchwellinc.com More motivational, inspirational and leadership resources at watchwellinc.com and OrlandoCeaser.com.