Hope Poem

This is an untitled poem from "The Soul" section of Ashleigh's new published poetry book, A Beautiful Difference.

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Hold Tightly To Your Smile

© more by Ashleigh Rayl

Published by Family Friend Poems January 2021 with permission of the Author.

You get through the bad days
because you have no other choice.
There is nothing else you can do
but hold tightly to your smile
and try to stay positive.
Focus on finding happiness in the little things,
and making small achievable goals
for yourself to feel purposeful.
To constantly remind yourself
that it could be worse
to make yourself feel better.
Giving up is not an option.
Crying all day is not an option.
Losing yourself is not an option.
You have to remember that
it is going to be ok.
It always is eventually.
You got this.


Ashleigh Rayl is a mother and mental health advocate. She has published two poetry books: Nothing Was A Waste: Poetry By Women and A Beautiful Difference: Poetry.


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