If I Had Stayed Afraid

If I had stayed afraid,
To walk upon paths unpaved...
I wouldn't today be able to express a gratefulness.
Or identify a faith that has kept me blessed.

If I had stayed afraid,
To not take steps to adventure life...
Or reject the obstacles I came to face,
I wouldn't today be able to express a gratefulness.
Or witness that if I had not kept my faith,
I would not be in any position to admit...
The acceptance of blessings I have received.

If...
I had stayed afraid to allow fear and falling tears,
To stop me to recognize regret to realize...
As a way of life that I should live undenied,
Nothing I had attempted to have tried...
Could have possibly been accomplished.
And to do this with an initiative that remains motivated,
Has been my greatest achievement.

by Lawrence S. Pertillar

Comments (1)

Love this poem. So many times fear stops people from experiencing amazing adventures!