By Tim Connor
It’s only a word.
But it carries with it so much pain
and so little concern
so much frustration
and so little respect,
so much stress and so little
that people spend their lives
running through their days
in the hope of avoiding the long arm
of this little word.
To test our vision, you must risk
To temper your ego, you must attempt
To tell your story, you must
take a chance.
To see beyond the horizon, you must
spread your wings.
To be all you can be, you must
stretch, flex, try, and go beyond
your proven limits.
To bridge the silence, you must risk
To advance into the unknown, you must
risk the peril of all your
previous beliefs and emotions
that feel so secure.
Failure is not negative. It is a teacher.
It molds, refines, and polishes you
so that one day your light will
shine for all to see.
It isn’t the failure you experience
that will determine your destiny,
but your next step and then the next
that will tell
the story of your life.
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