One Step Forward, Three Steps Back

I had a talk with myself the other day.
I sat myself down and I had my say.
I said “self, you’ve become much too lazy
and your spiritual path has become quite hazy.
It’s a good thing you have me to keep you in line
and it pains me to say this one more time:

We’ve taken one step forward and three steps back.
We’ve fallen out of the love and we’re feeling the lack.
One step forward and three steps back.

I said “you had good intentions right from the start.
And there’s just no questioning your generous heart.
But when it comes to meditating every day,
you did it last week, but now I have to say:

We’ve taken one step forward and three steps back.
We’ve fallen out of the love and we’re feeling the lack.
One step forward and three steps back.
And then there were those big plans about joining a gym
You promised me we’d eat right and become so trim.
Then I heard a smaller voice that’s been easy to ignore,
I heard:

You’re running circles around this life you live
leaving no time to breathe, no time to forgive.
So stop all the lines that say you can’t do it.
Life is a journey that requires living through it.
Take each misstep as a cue from within
To create your new dance with a whole new spin.

Now I’m taking one step forward and two steps back.
I’m feeling part of the love and there’s no turning back.
One step forward and two steps back.

So I’ll take a deep breath and make plenty of mistakes,
and know the light from within by the shadow it makes.
I’ll do my best to value both the ebb and the flow
and enjoy the dual nature of life’s grand show.

I’m taking one step forward and two steps back.
I’m feeling part of the love and there’s no more lack.
One step forward and I “two-step” back
Yes, one step forward and let’s….. “two-step” back.

Copyright 2007
Kathryn Ripp, Carol Harm, Lauranne Bailey
You Remind Me of Someone

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