Dare To Be

Poems that will challenge you to dare to be all that you can be. The Poets encourages us to dare, to be more, to risk more, to live life to the fullest by doing your best.

Be encouraged by these poems, let them give you thoughts to think about and evaluate your life - do you play it safe and stay in a comfort zone or do you step up to the challenge and try something that perhaps stretches or pushes you? Do you show boldness in the face of a challenge? Do you take the first step when you see a need or do you wait for others to step up?

In life, we need to confront and take action rather than criticize and wait for others. And we need to be first in some cases, the first to say hello, the first to give that smile, the first to speak up, the first to look beyond today - that is daring!

We hope these poems inspire you and provide you with the motivation to dare to be!

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  1. Dare To Be
    Poem By Steve Maraboli

    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!

  2. dare to be the best you can - at all times, dare to be

    Motivating words that will may challenge how you act and what you do.
    What type of world would it be if everyone acted as you do?

  3. The Question
    Poet: Unknown

    Were the whole world good as you – not an atom better –
    Were it just as pure and true,
    Just as strong in faith and works;
    Just as free from crafty quirks;
    All extortion, all deceit;
    Schemes its neighbors to defeat;
    Schemes its neighbors to defraud;
    Schemes some culprit to applaud –
    Would this world be better?

    If the whole world followed you – followed to the letter
    Would it be a nobler world,
    All deceit and falsehood hurled
    From it altogether;
    Malice, selfishness, and lust,
    Banished from beneath the crust,
    Covering human hearts from view
    Tell me, if it followed you,
    Would the world be better?

  4. A poem to encourage you to pick which side of life you will live on!

  5. Life Is
    Poet: William Arthur Ward

    Life is a strange, two-sided thing...
    A dirge to chant, or a song to sing;
    A sad, cold world, or a thrilling place,
    A tough, old grind, or an exciting race.
    A drudge-filled chore, or a challenging dare,
    A thorny bush, or a flower fair.
    A task to do or a chance to give,
    A day to spend or a life to live!

  6. life is a strange two-sided thing... a day to spend or life to live

    Brave, famous words of inspiration from the 26th president of the United States.

  7. Daring Greatly
    by Theodore Roosevelt

    It is not the critic who counts;
    not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,
    or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

    The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
    whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
    who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,
    because there is no effort error and shortcoming;
    but who does actually strive to do the deeds;
    who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions;
    who spends himself in a worthy cause;
    who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
    and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly,
    so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls
    who neither know victory nor defeat.

  8. Dare
    Poet: James Baldwin

    Dare to think, though others frown;
    Dare in words your thoughts express;
    Dare to rise, though oft cast down;
    Dare the wronged and scorned to bless.

    Dare from custom to depart;
    Dare the priceless pearl possess;
    Dare to wear it next your heart;
    Dare, when others curse, to bless.

    Dare forsake what you deem wrong;
    Dare to walk in wisdom’s way;
    Dare to give where gifts belong;
    Dare God’s precepts to obey.

    Do what conscience says is right;
    Do what reason says is best;
    Do with all your mind and might;
    Do your duty and be blest.

  9. Dare to do right! Dare to be true!

  10. Dare To Do Right
    Poet: George Lansing Taylor

    Dare to do right! dare to be true!
    You have a work that no other can do,
    Do it so bravely, so kindly, so well,
    Angels will hasten the story to tell.

    Dare to do right! dare to be true!
    Other men's failures can never save you;
    Stand by your conscience, your honor, your faith;
    Stand like a hero, and battle till death.

    Dare to do right! dare to be true!
    God, who created you, cares for you too;
    Treasures the tears that his striving ones shed,
    Counts and protects every hair of your head.

    Dare to do right! dare to be true!
    Keep the great judgment-seat always in view;
    Look at your work as you'll look at it then -
    Scanned by Jehovah, and angels, and men.

    Dare to do right! dare to be true!
    Cannot Omnipotence carry you through?
    City, and mansion, and throne all in sight -
    Can you not dare to be true and do right?

    Dare to do right! dare to be true!
    Prayerfully, lovingly, firmly pursue
    The path by apostles and martyrs once trod.
    The path of the just to the city of God.

  11. Service
    Poet: Edgar A. Guest

    To the cause one man gave gold,
    Then withdrew into his den
    From the battle line, and told
    How he served his fellowmen.

    When they came and begged for aid,
    Gladly from his purse he gave,
    And he hoped that those he paid
    Would continue being brave.

    "To the cause,'' another said,
    "I've no gold that I can give,
    But I'll fight for it instead.
    Just so long as I shall live."

    Day by day and night by night,
    He that hath no gold to spare,
    In the thickest of the fight
    Fought and cheered his fellows there.

    There are hundreds here to share.
    For the principle, their pelf.
    But he better serves who'll dare
    To a cause to give himself.

    This world does not need your coin
    Half so much as it needs you,
    What it wants is men to join
    In the work it has to do.

  12. Take A Chance
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer

    If you never take a chance
    You may never get to dance.
    Life is full of ups and downs
    Bringing smiles and some tears.
    But if you always play it safe
    You may find out too late
    That life is meant to be
    Lived each day happily.

    You don't want to wonder "what if"
    An opportunity you did miss
    So take a chance
    In order to advance
    And you will find
    You will not be left behind.
    Playing it safe does not always pay
    You may regret it when you're gray!

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