One Step At A Time – An Inspirational Poem About Life Journey
A spiral, wooden staircase
reaches up like crooked branches –
oak fingers, determined to touch the sky.
Stairs with ornate, hand-carved railings
make way for impossible feats and give
wingless creatures a chance to fly.
And I stand humble before them,
wondering where they lead
and how high they climb.
A thousand steps is too many,
but one at a time seems possible
if I keep my head level and eyes blind.
Every journey begins distant –
hard, unfathomable, unimaginable,
while peering across the sands of time.
But complacency is a curse
that stands ready with force
to defend comfort in the battle of the mind.
Life is one continuous climb.
Each day one step closer to
the potential written in your heart.
No need for giant leaps
or desperate measures destined for defeat,
but you must find somewhere to start.
Progress comes to those who push onward,
planting seeds even when tired
and a day off is a tempting reward.
For excuses quickly become reasons
to idly watch months go by
without a step forward.
It’s the small choices you make
compounded over a lifetime
that leave you in the plains or push you to the peak.
At the end of life’s journey,
the number of seeds you’ve sown
determines the character you reap.
-Poem Written by Justin Farley
About the Poem
I think we all have a place where we are and a place in our mind where we want to be. The gap between those two places can be overwhelming and cause many struggles along our life journey. Personally, I have the struggle with feast or famine – I’m either all in and try to drastically alter everything in my life overnight or feel defeated by how many changes I know I need to make and do nothing.
Life is similar to a spiral staircase that leads up to who we want to be and our idea of success. You don’t reach the top by quick sprints or you’re bound to get burnt out and tired. I have the temptation to try to change my big life struggles right away, but those can only be overcome with work and time. The way to the top comes by doing the small things right everyday and making good choices in the small decisions. Small baby steps everyday accumulate into major growth in our life journey over weeks, months, and years. Small steps prevent us from becoming too overwhelmed and inspire us to keep going during life’s struggles. One day at a time, one step at a time, we will reach our life goals and everyday move closer to who we want to be and further away from who we are.
Where are you right now in life?
Where do you want to be or what is the difference between your “ideal” self and who you are now?
What small steps can you do everyday to put you closer to achieving your goals in life?
The journey in life is never easy, but keeping your progress small, manageable, and attainable snowballs into drastic change over time.
If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy my similar poem,“Today”, which is about inspiring change in your life and taking the first step in your life journey.
My current collections of poetry, all available on Amazon, all written by me, Justin Farley. A Voice in the Wilderness is a chapbook of Christian Poetry, written about the joys, doubts, struggles, and sorrows of the Christian life. Nature’s Bounty is a collection of nature poetry celebrating my love for the outdoors. And Thorns of Love is the first book of three in a series of poems about love, this one being sad, breakup poems.
I write to reach the hearts of the searching, the suffering, the still fighting. I write to soothe my soul and hopefully to soothe yours too. I write to celebrate and attempt to put words to the beauty of life. Here are my published books on Amazon. More to come. A huge, humble thank you to anyone who supports my work.