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It will not always feel good,
This growing.
This stretching beyond the boundaries of the known,
The comfortable.

It will not always feel safe,
This learning and relearning of your own abilities
This reexamining of beliefs

This pushing of envelopes
This breaking through enclosing walls.

You will shiver.

You will doubt.

You will want to run home.

Back behind walls of safety.

This walk to the edge will not
Feel good, safe, or comfortable,
But there is no faster way to learn.
There is no other way to grow.

So step out.
Leave your home base
Your comfort zone
Your cocoon

Acknowledge the fear and discomfort

But step out all the same.

With each step you take,
Your world expands
Your caterpillar mind will
Strain to comprehend the unbounded vastness of the sky.

Step out.


Unfurl your wings.



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(I wrote this for me…but it feels like it was meant for you too. If you know someone else who needs this, please pass it on)

24 thoughts on “Transformation”

    1. YESSSSSS!!!!
      See, I KNEW it was the perfect message for someone other than me! I’m so glad I shared it!!! <3

  1. LOVE THIS!! Thank you so so SO much! I send you big love and hugs of gratitude across the internets ๐Ÿ™‚ This poem reflects exactly how I feel. Thank you xxx

    1. It’s a complete pleasure, Vanessa! I’m chalking this up as yet more proof that the posts I need the most are the ones that other people need the most! <3

    1. Yay!!!
      It’s so true, isn’t it? I forget it all the time, and then I get upset when I feel bad. But OF COURSE it’s scary and uncomfortable. We’re GROWING!

    1. Thanks, Karina!

      My husband designed the header…he’s a Photoshop whiz. I passed on the compliment (I love it too! :D)

  2. HI
    I would like to use this poem in the upcoming next edition of Phases of the Moon, a monthly newsletter of the Maine NVC (NonViolent Consciousness) Network. Since you said, pass it along, I will, but I would also love to have explicit permission if you happen to read this and can reply. Our newsletter comes out around the new moon, and I start putting it together right after the full moon. I LOVE the poem. Butterfly transformation has always been a special metaphor for me.
    Thank you,

    1. Betsy, I would LOVE that. Please feel free to use it!
      If you can credit it as “Meg Goodmanson, Spirit Moves Dance,” that would be fabulous!

      Thanks so much!

  3. This is a beautiful piece. Can I have permission to print it in my daughters recital program and if so the authors name. Thank you very inspiring!

    1. Absolutely! Feel free to use my poem (I wrote it, so you can put the author’s name as Meg Goodmanson). I’d be honoured! What kind of recital is your daughter in?

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