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on courage

March 8, 2012

Am I the only person who didn’t know about the genius that is Bentlily?
And would I have discovered it, had it not been for this saucy mynx?
And if I’d never discovered it, would this poem have been delivered to my inbox?
And if I’d never received that poem, would I have had the Ah-ha moment that came with it?
The deliverance. The kernel of hope. The words that come to you just when you need them most.

Be brave tonight

Courage is not a genetic hand-me-down
or a choice you can rely on
in the moment

it is a muscle

if you do not use it
it will shrink
you will go to be brave one day
and find you are floppy
and unsure

so try on
your convictions

start with your own echo
the words that play in your head
quicksand words
telling you things like
never

stand up to yourself
stare down the doubt

in the pitch-black privacy
of your darkest thought
be gutsy
remember that a shadow
carries no weight

rescue yourself
and you will grow
like a plant to sunlight
bent
towards valor.

— Samantha Reynolds (of Bentlily)

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Alison permalink
    March 8, 2012 7:15 am

    I like.

  2. March 8, 2012 7:35 am

    yay for poetry!
    xxx

  3. March 8, 2012 8:52 am

    Oh, I love this~ LOVE! (Gorgeous photos as always. I love that first one up there.)

  4. March 8, 2012 9:49 am

    lovely.

  5. March 8, 2012 10:45 am

    This is beautiful, thank you so much for sharing. Gorgeous photos too.

  6. March 8, 2012 1:08 pm

    Word!

  7. March 9, 2012 1:48 am

    Nope. I didn’t know about it either!

  8. Elena permalink
    March 9, 2012 8:21 am

    Beautiful… You’ve got tons of courage, Jeanine! You don’t need a poem to remind you that.
    Just saying 🙂

    Ciao!

  9. March 20, 2012 12:14 pm

    Jeanine,

    Gorgeous pictures. So delighted to be connected to you through Sas.

    And most of all, thank you for sharing poetry. So glad to have you as part of this journey of mine.

    xo
    S.

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