There are many things to be afraid of
I’ve confronted a few in my day,
The Sun may not rise
the moon may not set
or things will not go my way.
The boogie man hiding under my bed
gave childhood nights filled with fear,
But what really terrified
during those scary times
was when no parents were near.
Don’t be afraid of living
For this is your time here on earth,
make the most of your day
give thanks ‘long the way’
for the blessing that was your birth.
For most of us what really scares us
isn’t a truth or a fact,
But our worries and fears
accumulated through years
Of what we don’t have or we lack.
Fear can be a mind killer, you know,
But it comes with a choice that is yours
you can stay paralyzed
and never realize
you can move on and open new doors.
Life is all about living
And no, there is no guarantee,
But with the will to survive
you still can thrive
That’s life – how it’s meant to be!
There isn’t a magic formula
well maybe … maybe just one,
each waking day
give big thanks and say
I BELIEVE that things will go my way!
(and then really believe it)
~ Penny L. Howe, 2013
47 thoughts on “Don’t be Afraid of Living”
Wonderfully done Penny, both sketch and poem. To believe life is going to go your way is not always an easy thought to have but to practice gratitude for what you do have, I believe, is a great way to approach life.
Thanks I actually spent about 8 hours on the drawing it was important to convey a certain look, not that it looks like I spent that much time, but then drawings sometimes don’t! And yes, LuAnn it definitely helps to believe something is possible ahead of time and to always be grateful, regardless of the outcome! 🙂
You are a talented artist my friend. 🙂
Thank you LuAnn! Very much appreciate your compliment my dear friend! 🙂
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Thank you very much for your reblog, very much appreciated by myself!
Wow! What a lovely poem you have here! Very touching! Thanks, Penny!
Its a nice sketch penny and what a beautiful post. The only fear I have is of being left alone. Your poem is very inspiring.
Funny you should say that about being left alone, Indira, I think that’s a fear we all have! I know I do too. I do enjoy some alone time, but the need to share (off-line) with others is strong and to have someone share back is equally important – to know there is someone there with you who cares about you! Yes I do agree. And thank you very much for your compliment about my sketch! xo
Thanks for sharing your views. That sketch is really beautiful. I also love to make sketches but now due to eye sight problem cannot .
Ah but you can still sketch with your mind and your words, Indira. Those are blessings,”in and of themselves” dearest friend, keep sharing your wonderful thoughts and views with others Indira, all my love to you,
Awesome and uplifting, Penny, and the 5th verse was my favorite! This whole post is one of my faves, but I know I repeat myself often! 🙂 Many hugs! And beautiful drawing, too!
Thank you, Lauren, Very much appreciated, most didn’t mention the drawing of which I spent many more hours on, Ah, such is life dear friend. The poem was easy to write because it’s a litany I’ve lived for many years! So it was one that flowed. The drawing was meant to convey the struggles of a woman! There are no pupils in her eyes on purpose as she struggles to “view” her place in life yet with determination on her face to continue on. Thanks again, dear friend, warm hugs to you! xo
You’re welcome! And since I don’t draw, I can appreciate the time taken and your talent, as well. I did wonder about her pupils because I noticed that one aspect and I should have asked you, but forgot! 🙂 I love your reasoning behind the pupils; very clever and deep, my friend…warm hugs back to you, too! ♥
Thanks, I usually just do a sketch thing, but for some reason I wanted to do more here! Much love Lauren, take care of you! 🙂 xo
You are so right… Living is a challenge, that´s why maybe we can be afraid of that Journey… But as you have said “Things may go your way”… So let´s take a deep breath and let´s choose to live without fears…
Hugs to you, dear Penny;
Living is a challenge, and I finally figured out one day that I was just too busy living and experiencing life to understand I was supposed to be disappointed and discouraged with failure. For me it just made me more determined! Big hugs and much appreciate to you, my friend, you were in my thoughts (good ones) today! xo
It is nice to know that you have thought of me yesterday, because I did too…
Well, after all, virtual reality does in fact make sense, eh?…
Much love to you, Penny;
Ditto, ditto, ditto, ditto – Aquileana, in the love department! 🙂 Penny
Your words are always positive, 🙂
Thanks Celestine, I don’t think I know any other way to be. Don’t get me wrong, I have serious “down” days, but there is always so many wonderful things to think about in life that I can never stay there for long my friend. I hope the week coming up is an especially good one for you and your family dearest friend! 🙂 xo
Beautiful words, beautiful drawing!!!
Hi Kenley, thank you very much! I was hoping someone would mention the drawing. I put some effort into that one. It represents a female facing life bravely but with no pupils in her eyes as she portrays strength of character but without a clear view of her place in the order of things (my thought on that anyway)! xx
I like the simple ordinary everyday words throughout this poem. Sometimes I feel we try too hard to use new words or show off our vocabulary and lose the essence of simplicity.
Thank you Kev. I do agree with you.
Fear is the enemy — fear can make us weak . Nice post, Penny !
Thanks, my friend, it really is and does and once faced, it strengthens resolve for the next thing to tackle!
🙂 Cheers !!!!
Love this Penny!
Hi Nancy, thanks, it is true and we should remind ourselves of that every day! 🙂 xx
I love this poem. Thanks for sharing it. I hadn’t heard it. But I’m pondering a move but I was concerned about being alone. Perfect timing!
My pleasure, I wrote both the poem and drew the picture. My own “adventures” in life have helped me to understand the importance of thinking positive and being creative when you can. I am so glad it was of value to you, Thank you very much! Penny
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A wonderful poem. Enjoy it!
This is tremendous. Hugs, Barbara
Thank you Barbara and thanks for the reblog, this is one I feel rather strongly about, especially for women! xx
It is a good blog. Hugs, Barbara
Lovely, positive writing, Penny. 🙂
Thank you, very much! It is certainly meant for everyone but I will admit it with women in mind! 🙂
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Thanks for the positive reminder!
Your absolutely welcome, my pleasure with this one particularly!
What a inpire words!! I´m alive and I wanna living this life.
Yes! Excellent – go for it!!!
I love this poem. And it is so upbeat and uplifting as well.
Hi Alastair, just heading off to slumberland, but wanted to say thank you first! Have a great day today! 🙂
Hope you’ve had a good day. Sleep well and have a good day tomorrow