A Healing Truth
( Tommy Mondello )

Everything has changed now from when you were a kid
  Those things that once made you go wow
     Have disappeared within the years... into obscurity---

I drove myself into the past... back to the old neighborhood
  Just overwhelmed by a rush of unforgetable thrills
Fighting back nostalgic tears... as if I really could
  I rediscovered innocence... inhaled youth
     And cringed at every one of those painful spills---

It's strange how priorities fade
  A feeling that was so invincibly strong
     Has somehow left your heart
Replaced by commitments... responsibilities... costly deadlines to be made
  Never even realizing that the cycle of life
     Was slowly dismantling your childhood... part by part---

To stand in that place where you stood some 30 years ago
  Just slows the spinning world for a precious moment or two
Giving you time to embrace your roots... the foundation of your soul
  Validating your existence to yourself is such a wonderful healing truth---

The looking back enables you to move forward
  To conquer new days with optimistic freedom
Realizing how once our season's were everlasting
  We now cherish every moment in time
     Confident in knowing that our strength is found within the person we believe in---

Our common sense tells us that we must grow up
  To become a cog within the wheel
     Contributions to a winning team rolling towards success
But never forget that path you walked so long ago
  When life was simple... even Santa was real
     And you were completely unaware of such adult themes
        As worry... fear... and stress---

Live forever as a child
  Never allow the flame to die
Ignite each day with a grinning smile
  And embrace the luxury of not always understanding the reasons why---

+++ True living is found within the innocence +++