For the Days You Feel Discouraged

In case it is ever forgotten,

I want you to remember how brave you are.

When you were in the thick of your fears

you handled life like a champ and took the narrow way out.

When you were left with threads of loose ends,

you realized no trophy could replace the feeling of grace.

And when you were still left with lingering, unanswered questions,

you didn’t look back in regret, but instead you rose up

with a dedication that was too great to even call your own.

You trusted, and stopped working for your own wants and needs.

You stopped scooping up grains of sand that were

dead ends and ill means and you stood still,

when your very nature was begging for you to be.

If you ever forget, I am here to tell you that you were very brave indeed

for choosing to step into the unknown future.

This will always be the story that I tell of you

whenever you begin to feel confused or weak,

because you took the narrow path with nothing to show for it,

except for a knowledge-surpassing peace.

Exposure

You wear a cloak as big as the sky

right over your bright and clean eyes.

It veils your world from all the good and

every opportunity is a shadow.

Every word is muffled.

 

You wear a cloak in fear–

because you learned that hiding

was a “good” way to persevere.

But all it does is choke your name,

And all it does is deepen your shame.

 

You wear a cloak and call it a cave

to avoid the world and avoid the pain.

But you were meant to see speak, just like this,

by sharing and exposing the truth

of what the cloak really is.

 

Oh, your shining eyes were meant to see,

and your heart was made to love.

So get rid of the cloak, get out of the cave.

For you were made to give.

You were made to be heard and live.

You Are So Needed

Why would you ever stay small?

Or crawl into your cave to stay away?

 

Your voice holds a formula, a song,

we have never heard before.

 

Don’t hold back what is uniquely yours–

don’t tarnish or devalue your craft.

 

You are everything needed

to flourish in the space which you’re a part of.

 

So please, don’t evade. You are

more than qualified to simply be yourself.

You Reading This

You were born to live

a wildly special life,

despite the impulse to cave,

despite the terrible love you’ll have to fight for,

despite the lie that you don’t deserve the same.

 

You reading this, deserve it all:

the love and joy you want to give and receive.

So keep your head up, smile,

and know with absolute certainty

it will all be worth it.

You Are Enough

You are stuck in between

being too much

and being too little.

But stop analyzing yourself.

You are enough.

You are enough.

It is enough to feel the way you do,

to be fully present in the present moment.

It is proof that you are alive,

in your imperfectly human way.

Take a deep breath. You are only human.

You are important.

You are enough.