3 Poems to Unleash Your Greatness

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I know that being a freelancer can be tough at times. 

After all, most of us (especially right now) are sitting at home alone. We’re staring out the window thinking about deadlines and wondering where our next paycheck is going to come from. And between those thoughts, we’re trying to find time for the things we’re passionate about. Life has its moments of beauty, but it also has periods of deep reflection that can leave us searching for inspiration to keep us moving forward. 

Whenever I get bogged down by life’s stresses, something that always cheers me up is a good poem. In fact, there are 3 poems that I always read to realign my focus and to help me appreciate where I am. Even though you may not be a poetry lover like me, I hope these words offer you some insight to help unleash your greatness. 

1. “If” by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you  
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,  
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;  
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;  
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;  
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;  
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,  
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,  
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,  
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,  
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

2. “Who Am I?” by Carl Sandburg

My head knocks against the stars.
My feet are on the hilltops.
My finger-tips are in the valleys and shores of universal life.
Down in the sounding foam of primal things I reach my hands and play with pebbles of destiny.
I have been to hell and back many times.
I know all about heaven, for I have talked with God.
I dabble in the blood and guts of the terrible.
I know the passionate seizure of beauty
And the marvelous rebellion of man at all signs reading “Keep Off.”
My name is Truth and I am the most elusive captive in the universe.

3. “The Waking” by Theodore Roethke

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.  
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.  
I learn by going where I have to go.
We think by feeling. What is there to know?  
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.  
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
Of those so close beside me, which are you?  
God bless the Ground!   I shall walk softly there,  
And learn by going where I have to go.
Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?  
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;  
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
Great Nature has another thing to do  
To you and me; so take the lively air,  
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.
This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.  
What falls away is always. And is near.  
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.  
I learn by going where I have to go.

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Poetry is a great way to feel reinspired, and even better, Fiverr gives me the freedom to have a flexible career that gives me the time to focus on what I love to do. 

I encourage you to become a seller on the platform and start building the life you want. Whether it’s creating a side-hustle for yourself or breaking away from the harsh demands of a full-time job, Fiverr grants you the opportunity to be your own boss. And with that, you can always take a break to reset and understand the value that you bring to the table. 

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