~ courage ~

~ courage ~

Do something
you are scared to do

think the thought
you have been avoiding

delve into the dream
you’ve silently
stored away

have that conversation
with yourself

allow
the awkwardness

embrace
the inner struggle
to say
to admit
your truth

It is there
whether you choose
to acknowledge it

the thought
the dream
the words
the idea

you can
deny
continue
to duck away
from its
existence
its insistence

you can
pretend
it doesn’t matter

but you know

you
know

your lie.

 

You know
the energy it takes
to remain
untrue

to continue
distracting yourself
disappointing yourself
with its
denial.

 

It doesn’t matter
what your dream is
or what stands in your way.
It doesn’t matter what
the source
of your fear
may be
or how
big it is.

It matters
more
that today
you see
you have
an opportunity
a chance

the fragile gift
of time
in your hand
the tiniest shred
of hope
in your heart

that you can make a start
a choice
no matter how small.

Take a seat
try it on
this
new thought or
dream.

Like a pair of shoes
there
on the shelf
admired

Take them down
hold them
and
gingerly
tenderly
slip your feet
inside.

Sure
they feel
different

they may be
impractical

outrageously expensive

your choice may shock
others
even yourself

But just
feel into it,
them,
walk around
find your
balance
look in the
mirror
for just a few moments

you are safe

there is no pressure
to purchase
no push
to take them home

stretch
into the tension
the mere
idea
of trying something new

and trust
yourself

allow
your tiny
courageous
urges

your
hope or dream

to have
a small voice
a space
a place
of honour

just for today
be courageous

allow yourself

to dream

 

(C) Chandu Bickford 2018