Poetry 49: Dare to be by Steve Maraboli

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When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can –
At all times, Dare to be!

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About Barry Daniel

I live in the Lake District in the UK where I run a guesthouse with my partner Kate and my cat Manuel. I enjoy painting, hillwalking, reading, visiting and entertaining friends, T’ai Chi and playing the guitar. I’m engaged to a certain degree in the local community, as a volunteer with Samaritans and I’m a fairly active member of the local Green party. I’ve had a relatively intuitive sense of the Middle Way most of my adult life but it found a greater articulation and a practical direction through joining the society. It’s also been interesting and great fun engaging with other people with a similar outlook. My main contribution to the society is conducting the podcast interviews, something that gives me a lot of satisfaction and that I’ve learnt a lot from.

One thought on “Poetry 49: Dare to be by Steve Maraboli

  1. I really enjoyed reading this poem and found a lot of wisdom in the advice it offers. The poet has created a significant challenge in adhering to the format of “when…., dare….” for each line. This helps build expectation of a positive resolution for each scenario and also creates a sort of repeating rhythm.
    What doesn’t work so well for me is the varying metre and this for me detracts from the flow of the poem. Having said that, I am well aware that to have added the further constraint of a stricter rhythmical format would have made the construction of the poem much more challenging, and in adhering to that some of the meaning may have been lost or made less clear.
    So, I am happy it is written as it is with simplicity and clarity and in a readily accessible style, daring to be – just as it is.

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