#encouragement

TO THE EDGE

Expectations…she exceeded them…

because her parents made a pledge

that every time she needed them…

they would take her to the edge.

 

They took her to the edge of fear…

and when her courage swayed

they gently whispered in her ear…

it’s okay to be afraid.

 

They instilled in her the desire to achieve 

from the moment she could crawl

always reminding her, “You must believe!”… 

and…“We will catch you if you fall.”

 

“Don’t worry if you fail,” they agreed, 

“just don’t let your dreams die.”

“It’s disappointing if you don’t succeed…

but it’s a tragedy not to try.”

 

They never told her of their pledge…

only repeating, “We believe in you!”

Their love took her to the edge…

Their love pushed her…

and she flew.

 

 

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LIFE DOESN'T ALWAYS GO AS PLANNED

When I was young:

I planned to be a football star…but I wasn’t the right size

When I was young:

I planned to be a movie star…but that never materialized

 

When I was young:

I planned to be a doctor…but the sight of blood made me faint

When I was young:

I planned to be a famous writer…but obviously…I ain’t.

 

When I was young:

I planned to be a farmer and live off of the land

But as is glaringly apparent…

life doesn’t always go as planned.

 

When I was young:

I never planned to go to college…

I wanted to stay home with my peers

When I was young:

I never planned to be a teacher…but I taught for 30 years

 

When I was young:

I never planned to move to Florida…

but now I’m here to stay

When I was young:

I never planned to marry and have a family…

but now wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

When I was young I made so many plans

but now that I’m older I have come to understand:

Most of the love and happiness in my life has come…

 

from all the things I never planned.