The Mountain

This poem is for anyone who needs a reminder that it’s ok not to be ok and for you to remember that a rest is not a failure… 

The Mountain

If the mountain seems too big today
then climb a hill instead
if the morning brings you sadness
it’s ok to stay in bed

If the day ahead weighs heavy
and your plans feel like a curse
there’s no shame in rearranging
don’t make yourself feel worse

If a shower stings like needles
and a bath feels like you’ll drown
if you haven’t washed your hair for days
don’t throw away your crown

A day is not a lifetime
a rest is not defeat
don’t think of it as failure
just a quiet, kind retreat

It’s ok to take a moment
from an anxious, fractured mind
the world will not stop turning
while you get realigned

The mountain will still be there
when you want to try again
you can climb it in your own time
just love yourself til then

Laura Ding-Edwards 2019 ©

Laura Ding-Edwards is an artist and has made this poem into a beautiful print which you can view using the link below. For anyone who needs a reminder that it’s ok not to be ok, this A3 typography print is designed to help you remember that a rest is not a failure. £1 from every sale will be donated to Mind the UK mental health charity >> bit.ly/2S17E18

 

website – www.rainbirdroots.com

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About the author

RainbirdRoots
190 Up Votes
I am a watercolour artist from Herefordshire & find great comfort in any type of creativity, along with spending time with my two horses Bessie & Chester. This poem was written about my own experiences with anxiety & is available as an art print with £1 from every sale going to the mental health charity, Mind. My website is www.rainbirdroots.com, Facebook is Facebook.com/rainbirdroots
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SharonM53
9th Feb 2019
1
Thanks for voting!
Thank you for making me understand it’s ok to take a day at a time xx
MarionM14
9th Feb 2019
1
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Facing a long slow recovery process after a period of illness I find this so appropriate.
Gwen45
7th Feb 2019
1
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Love this poem , I have chronic pain and so understand this x
AnneT56
7th Feb 2019
0
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I taught for over 30 years...the mantra was always attainment and acheivment.....you can always do better...try harder....I’m glad to say that today we are finally recognising how to value ourselves for who we are...the importance of talking and listening to each other....your poem expresses it beautifully....
Gudyrinit
4th Feb 2019
1
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Lovely sentiments good advice
Raindrop
4th Feb 2019
1
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Since losing my husband unexpectedly last year I have literally done all you`ve said and taken one day at a time. By doing things my way and learning to say "please can you help me" or "no thanks I`m not ready to join couples for dinner yet" I am slowly coming to terms with this strange lifestyle. Your poem is so apt, thanks.
ELIOSE365
3rd Feb 2019
2
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This is a beautiful poem.
Newdaysmile
3rd Feb 2019
3
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After recent bad health, another diagnosis & sleepless nights of pain, fatigue & feelings of uselessness, your poem has lifted my spirits more than I can express, so bless you.... off for a rest now x
RainbirdRoots
3rd Feb 2019
1
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Thank you and I am so glad. Enjoy your rest, if you need it then don’t let anyone make you feel bad and especially don’t berate yourself. Tomorrow is another day xx

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