A Time I’d Never

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There was a time I’d never written a book.
Spoken on stage.
Run a company.

There was a time I’d never been in print.
Been on screen
Been on air.

There was a time I’d never held a pose.
Taught a class.
Led a tribe.

There was a time I’d never been a dad.
Been a husband.
Been in love.

There was a time I’d never questioned anything.
Questioned everything.
Questioned everyone.

There was a time I’d never fought and lost.
Fought and won.
Fought at all.

There was a time I’d never held my daughter.
Known surrender.
Come second.
Or third.
Or last.

There was a time I’d never fit in.
Felt alone.
Loved.
Me.

There was a time I’d never risked soul.
Risked truth.
Risked life.

Never let your nevers keep you from your nexts.

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49 responses

49 responses to “A Time I’d Never”

  1. Dustin says:

    nice…..meaningful…..as always.

  2. Pamela Miles says:

    Beautiful, Jonathan — thank you!

    I’ll put “Never let your nevers keep you from your nexts” right up there with “Never say never!”

  3. Bill says:

    Thanks Jonathan. To often it is too easy to let Nevers (and Nevers of others) stop us. We need people like you to remind us.

  4. Alicia says:

    The inquiry of your soul reverberates….

  5. Nick says:

    Profound. Great insight.

    Thank you!

  6. Tajci says:

    Beautiful!!! And very powerful too… Thank you Jonathan!

    My favorite part is this:

    There was a time I’d never held my daughter.
    Known surrender.
    Come second.
    Or third.
    Or last.

    There was a time I’d never fit in.
    Felt alone.
    Loved.
    Me.

    There was a time I’d never risked soul.
    Risked truth.
    Risked life.

    Such profound vulnerability in which lies our incredible power!

  7. “There was a time I’d never questioned anything. Questioned everything. Questioned everyone.” My favorite, even questioning ourselves at times. I know I do. Great stuff as always, thanks for sharing. Cheers!

  8. Your message really touched some major life milestones for me. Thank you for taking me through my life journey and reminding me to “Never let my nevers keep me from my nexts”.

  9. Mark Furlong says:

    Awesome, Jonathan. I think it was Covey who said something like “Live from your dreams, not from your past.” The Apostle Paul said, “forgetting what lies behind, I press on for the upward call…” I know those are issues we all deal with on our journey. Great way of expressing it! Thanks!

  10. Micky Wolf says:

    Great stuff, Jonathan! Just what I needed this morning. “Never let your nevers keep you from your nexts” will definitely stay with me for awhile. Thank you!

  11. I would add to the last line
    “Yes, thank you, NEXT?!”
    nice soft but determined words in this poem.
    Well done
    I am happy to have started following you

  12. Kara says:

    Lovely. Thanks!

  13. Parth says:

    Great lines!A tinge of irony makes the lines even more beautiful!

  14. Clay Hebert says:

    Love this, Jonathan. You should write in verse more often. 🙂

  15. Rachel Gogos says:

    Thank you for the morning “soul touch.”

  16. Dale says:

    What fabulous words, written from the heart – it does shine through!

  17. Personal and profoundly inspiring at the same time! Looking back to remind us to look forward. Could be a great therapeutic and/or coaching practice, to recall.. “There was a time when I’d never…”

    Reminds me of a saying my mom uses, at 92: “I’m not as young as I used to be, but I’m not as old as I’m going to be!”

  18. Brilliant! There was a time when I’d never had a blog. There was a time when I wasn’t starting a revolution. There was a time when I wouldn’t travel to NYC – alone, but I will be next week!

    Can’t wait to meet you Jonathan – best regards!

  19. I love this. I am glad you are listening and capturing these soul poems when they move through you. And then sharing them with us. Thank you.

  20. I love the beauty of being vulnerable. It’s so freakin’ awesome and inspires courage within me. Nice poem Jonathan. I love it 🙂 *hi5*

  21. dangerous christian says:

    Thanks for sharing another timely and true post, Jonathan! May we all keep them to heart! Peace!

  22. Tom Bentley says:

    Jonathan, sweet words with a spine: we are always beginners at something, and even stumbling attempts to gain new ground open up so many possibilities not seen before the stumbles. Nice flow in your piece too—it’s fun to break the bounds of the writing genre you are used to—that’s new ground gained as well.

  23. jordan sacks says:

    So inspirational! So honest. Reflective, yet so directive.
    Loved it!
    Thanks for that.

  24. There was a time I’d never commented on a blog post
    Spoke my mind.
    Spoke at all.

    Thanks for he encouragement to press on and “go where you don’t know how it’s going to turn out.” 🙂

  25. Ailís says:

    Jonathan, what a beautiful insight into your soul. Thank you for sharing.

    Blessings and gratitude,
    Ailís

  26. Pip D says:

    Beautiful Jonathan – thank you.

  27. Profound. An exercise we all should do.
    Beautifully done Jonathan.

  28. Meg Kinney says:

    That is just utterly lovely. Thank you for such an earnest meditation. Today is a somewhat gloomy day that I am trying to navigate through. Your poem is the Rx. 🙂

  29. Oh so beautiful, it gave me goosebumps and feels so true. Wonderful!

  30. kim says:

    I love this. Thank you.

  31. Eduardo L says:

    Wow, loved this!

  32. Yvonne says:

    Wow, I could weep! I am deeply moved by this. Thanks for being vulnerable and sharing your soul with us. This very act inspires us to stretch away from our nevers into our nexts!
    There was a time I’d never heard… Of the good life. Of embracing uncertainty. Of Jonathan fields. Of the road less travelled. Of changing my life. Of living my truth.
    Thank you Jonathan! Like the foo fighters say ” done, done on to the next one! Done and done and on to the next!

  33. Sylvia says:

    Thank you for that great poem and awesome quote!

  34. Phil Webster says:

    Wow. Simply wow.

  35. Very niiiiiice, Jonathan. As usual!
    The before and after imagery this evokes is awesome. Really enjoyed that read.
    Well done,
    GPK

  36. lifeleaps says:

    What a creative way to deliver a powerful message! Thank you!

  37. Melissa says:

    #morenext #moretruth

  38. Julia says:

    Beautiful. Thank you Jonathan. x

  39. Love the rhythm of this poem, not to mention its message. Interesting how a poem can just flow through you. The trick is being perceptive enough to heed that little nudge, that little whisper that says “write this down.” Lucky for us, you are a master of perception.

  40. Vickie says:

    This is exactly what I needed today! It is gorgeous and so easy to forget that there has to be a first time.

  41. York says:

    This is great.

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  43. Scott Asai says:

    Limitations are just barriers waiting to be overcome. More myth than reality.

  44. Christine says:

    Yes, Jonathan, Yes!

  45. Joey says:

    I love this poem, I actually thought I could not write poetry at all but when I tried it was easier than I thought. When you write in verse it gives you time to reflect on the words and the personal meaning for you.

  46. Marti DeMoss says:

    Simple. Spare. Powerful.

    I felt every word.

  47. Love it, so powerful 🙂

  48. Steve Harvey says:

    Beautifully said. Loving your website and your wisdom Jonathan. Keep living with passion:)