One of my followers on Twitter, @smunorevesa, asked if I ever write poetry, and when I would write next. I love that kind of request. I told him that I do write it, but not often for this blog, and that I would deliver a poem to him later today. I am going through a lot of things right now, and this is the poem that came out:
On the Edge of Tomorrow
On the edge of something greater’
Feeling within me a new life stir
On the eve of something new
Frustration in the struggle to break through
Yearning to break free
Of old ways that weren’t me
Grasping for a way forward
A voice within me barely heard
Whispers on the edge of tomorrow
Of joy though now is sorrow
All things are born in blood and water
This is the way and law of nature
Whatever I desire to bring into today
I must be willing its price to pay
The greatest things in life they sing
Will cost you only everything
So it is, so it was, so it ever will be
In life, in death, in eternity
If you’re standing on the edge of tomorrow
There will be joy though now is sorrow
Life’s Greatest Truth
This poem is a reminder to me that what I want to bring into this world – whether a new baby, a new business, or a new way of life, will not come without paying a hefty price. The larger the something, the greater and longer the labor pains, so to speak. The best things in life aren’t free – they will cost you everything you have to get them, but they are worth the price.
For Those Who Face Discouragement
If you’re stuck in your writing, and you’re starting to wonder if it’s all worth it, just know that it is. The work you do is important, the lives you change with what you do are immeasurable, and there is not a single doubt in my mind that the labor you go through to get that baby out of your soul and into the world is going to be well worth it whether you sell one copy or a million.
Don’t Give Up. Don’t Stop Writing.
The world needs what you do. It needs more of you, not less. Show up, step up, and let your voice be heard. The path won’t be easy, the discouragements and failures will be many, but at the end of the journey you’ll be a better person and a more capable leader for all that you go through to get there. Just persevere.