Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I feared being alone,
until I learned to like myself.

I feared failure,
until I realized that I only fail when I don't try.

I feared success,
until I realized that I had to try in order to be happy with myself.

I feared people's opinions,
until I learned that people would have opinions about me anyway.

I feared rejection,
until I learned to have faith in myself.

I feared pain,
until I learned that it's necessary for growth.

I feared the truth,
until I saw the ugliness in lies.

I feared life,
until I experienced its beauty.

I feared death,
until I realized that it's not an end,
but a beginning.

I feared my destiny,
until I realized that I had the power to change my life.

I feared hate,
until I saw that it was nothing more than ignorance.

I feared love,
until it touched my heart,
making the darkness fade
into endless sunny days.

I feared ridicule,
until I learned how to laugh at myself.

I feared growing old,
until I realized that I gained wisdom every day.

I feared the future,
until I realized that life just kept getting better.

I feared the past,
until I realized that it could no longer hurt me.

I feared the dark,
until I saw the beauty of the starlight.

I feared the light,
until I learned that the truth would give me strength.

I feared change,
until I saw that even the most beautiful butterfly
had to undergo a metamorphosis
before it could fly.


Sally Ferguson said...

Beautiful Poem, Karla! I can relate to so many of those thoughts. I find I am becoming more accepting of myself as I get older and find out it's ok!
Thank you for leaving me a comment on www.CelebrateMoms.org. I am still trying to figure out how to maneuver around their new site design!
Your link there isn't working...if you add the www. to your site for Empowering Christian Women, it will be fixed!
Blessings to you!

Lori said...

I just love this. Thank you for sharing it Karla.