Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Day 253: The art of being brave

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom." -- Anais Nin

Be brave

Be the one who rushes to apologize
The one who says, Ya that was weird when you said that and now I'm confused
Be brave
Be the one who doesn't sheepishly bemoan about it
Be brave
And don't be that girl

Be brave and tell it like it is
Say that your plans are to take a nap later
And hang with self
So no, a movie together won't work
Perhaps another night

Be brave and turn off the TV
And the cell phone
And the computer
Commune with silence
It has much to say
Staying connected isn't all it's cracked up to be anyway

Be brave and don't play that game
And don't say you want more
When you don't really want that much
And what you really want is an itch to be scratched
Let it go
Read a book
Walk it off
Try not to text back

Be brave and go to that new job
As if you own the place
Be the mayor of that job's ass
Fake it if you have to
Everyone does once in awhile

Be brave and call a spade a spade
Don't keep waiting for your real life to begin
It already has
But you were too preoccupied with wants to notice

Be brave and let yourself go
Don't worry about people missing you
They'll be glad to see you daring to make something happen
Instead of waiting for something to happen to you
They will stare in amazement
And wish that they were brave like you

Be brave and share that story
Especially with those you're scared will read it
You're scared because there is a truth in it
You're scared because you know it's great
And sometimes it's scary to be great
Be brave and admit to yourself
That you are, in fact, a shiny bauble
In a box of dull doorknobs

Be brave and say the words
That have made you hesitate before

Be brave
We're all waiting


  1. I'm new to your blog. What an inspiring poem! I've been writing morning pages for let's see...15 years(!) and I'm braver today partly because of them. Keep at it. You won't be sorry.

  2. Thank you Jan. You are such an inspiration.

  3. I had a hard time reading your post today. "be the mayor of that jobs ass", followed by gut wrenching laugh, followed by tears, makes it hard to read.
    However, I did get through it ~ and you're amazing :)

  4. Wow. I feel like printing a copy of this for all the young women I know.

  5. Mel--- Do it. Print and forward and share!

    Undertaker-- Ya, the poem does have a bipolar quality to it.

    Carla-- Aw shucks. I'm glad you're inspired.

    Nagaji-- Thank you. As always. Thank you.

  6. 'be brave' is just what i needed to read. thanks so much for posting it. come on a new day i'm ready to be brave. a great big thank you.

  7. Thank you for keeping this day in perspective - what are we going to do when these 365 days are done...


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