I wrote this poem in 2012 when I was scared and feeling small and desperately needed to hear the words that flowed onto the page. I could tell that it was not just a message for me, so I posted it on my blog and invited people to pass it on if it spoke to them. Ever since then, I’ll get an occasional email from someone who found it and heard a message they needed.
If that’s you, please know that I believe in you. Whatever growth you’re struggling with, I know you can do it. Keep going. There’s so much magic outside the cocoon.
It will not always feel good,
This stretching beyond the boundaries of the known,
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
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.
Unfurl your wings.