Love Yourself Challenge: Stoke Your Soul-Fire

Written by Angela Atkinson

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line copyDear Love Yourself Challengers,

I’ve never claimed to be a poet, but every now and then, I run across a poem that stokes a fire in my soul.

I figure we could all use a little fuel for those burning fires in our souls.

You know the kind I’m talking about, right?

The ones that make us want to DO better, HAVE better, BE better.

That’s why I’ve decided to share a few of my favorite motivational poems with you today.

Enjoy!

 

The Victor
By C.W. LongeneckerIf you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.If you think you are outclassed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.

The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Promise Yourself: The Optimist Creed
From The Optimist InternationalPromise yourself to be so strong that nothing can
disturb your peace of mind.To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to
every person you meet.To make all your friends feel like there is
something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your
optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best,
and expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on the
greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give
every living person you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, and too
strong for fear, and to happy to permit the
presence of trouble.

Do you have a favorite poem? What stokes your soul-fire? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section, below!
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