This moment will not come gift-wrapped
in the shiny paper you expected
or the promise of on time delivery.
Sometimes it’s unpleasant-
asking you to look for what’s missing,
to listen for the friend you’ve
been waiting for your whole life,
to just breathe and unclench
tightly held fists.
Surrendering to the relentless
passing of days and nights,
this is it,
what you’ve been waiting for,
a peace so profound that you
didn’t recognize it at first glance.
The best gifts don’t have
to be so expensive.
Some gifts are free if you’re
willing to redefine happiness.