Often I have bought tickets to win a big prize,
Cash or a trip to a faraway place.
I never won even in my dreams,
Just one of the crowd waiting with expectant face.
What were the odds of winning the pot,
Raking in millions, and sharing all I got?
I was lying to myself,
Justifying the easy way to pay bills,
When it was for the thrill.
So how did I win?
Was it in the shark tank I learned to swim?
Contrary to what you might believe,
I quit trying to deceive.
I spent time being a friend,
Helped others begin again,
Loved openly with all my heart,
And became the man I should have been
Right from the start.
I won self-respect, honor, and trust,
And that, my friends, is something
That can’t be stolen, tarnished, or rust.
As you can see, I’m proud of me.
But I have also widened my view.
You remained my friend and I’m proud of you.
by Dan Roberson Oct. 12, 2016