Be Not Afraid

I first posted this on January 1/2007 on my old site

I don’t recall where I came across this, but I liked and found it worthwhile to share.

BE NOT AFRAID

painted door - photo: Marlies Cohen

painted door - photo: Marlies Cohen

To walk through the darkness – for therein you may find the light;
To take one step at a time – for only then can you complete the journey;
To question – for there you will find the truth;
To hope – from that a dream can grow;
To believe – otherwise, there is nothing;
To trust – for it is the basic element of all relationships;
To give – for in doing so, you shall be given;
To remember – for memories are proof that you have lived;
To cry – tears are a source of healing;
To hurt – from that can come growth;
To laugh – your inner beauty is reflected then;
To start again – there is a chance this time will be even better;
To be independent – for only then will you find yourself;
To set new goals – for then your existence will take on mean­ing;
To share – for happiness is nothing if it’s yours alone;
To open the closed door – perhaps what was behind it has changed;
To take a chance – new worlds have been discovered this way;
To, at times, despair – for only then do we appreciate;
To re-examine yourself- for death sets in when growth stops;
To face each new day – if you choose, God will walk beside you each hour;
To make promises – they are the foundations of life;
To plant a small seed – from it the majestic tree grows;
To touch someone – who knows how that small action may change your lives;
To love – for only in that way will you be loved;
To live – only then will past relationships be meaningful;
To die – for therein lies eternal life.

By Elaine Slater Reese


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