I sat next to Desperation
A familiar companion keeping me company when I had no one else
Then I saw Hope, ever-elusive but beckoning to me from afar
To be with Hope I would have to first embrace Willingness
Desperation has a way of making Willingness more attractive
And with Willingness, Hope drew closer, almost within reach
But as Desperation receded, so did my sweet Willingness
Complacency became my new bedfellow
Pain had always been my catalyst for change
Without the first, I did not think the other was possible
But that was a lie
Could I have Willingness without Desperation?
Must I feel Pain before I can have Relief?
Can I give up Misery and Suffering to stand with Hope?
While I am occassionally visited by Desperation but I no longer require that relationship to walk with Willingness
When I put Willingness before all else, Hope becomes attainable
Today, I have Hope.