Hang on to those who have fallen or passed on,
But don’t remain there with them.
Don’t allow then to inhibit your growth – it’s a disservice to your soul.
What is left with you is to be used as a source of strength.
Draw from your deepest resources, respect your own pace,
Continue to grow in all directions, in breadth, height and depth.
The mark of your ancestors you will forever carry,
They will transform into a thing of beauty to honor,
Instead of a weight to keep you small.