The Outcome
By Laurie Mayper

The day has arrived.
The interview.
The big race.
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Life is not so simple now.
This is not kid’s t-ball,
where every player gets a trophy
One job.
One medal.
A single instant.
It seems everything depends on the outcome.
But not everything does.
Savor each moment.
Be present, but do not judge any perceived misstep.
One foot in front of the other.
You will be brilliant.
You will be spectacular.
This is the moment you have been preparing for.
You are SO ready.
There is no room for doubt.
You insist, what if I do not win?
There will be another race,
a better job.
There is always a new challenge and a new challenger.
Do not keep your eye on the clock or the prize,
it will only slow you down.
But for today,
You are alert but not tense,
confident but not arrogant,
Relaxed and poised.
You will be marvelous.
You will be wonderful.
You feel luminous,
because you are.
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
One foot in front of the other.
Your shining light will caress you as you cross the finish line.