This way, no this.
Don’t do that.
Don’t do this.
Come. Go.

Pulled and stretched
From you and them.
Finding my way
Isn’t possible
In this maze
Of obligations.

It’s time to grow up.
It’s time to have fun.
It’s time to be serious.
It’s time to let go.

Too many choices
Churn within.
How can I know
What is false?
What is real?
Fade to black.

Don’t touch me.
Don’t pull me.
I’ll do what you say
Because I don’t know me.

I sit inside
A chrysalis of my own making.
Its warm and cozy in here.
Pushing out to the sunlight
Causes pain.
Saying no is too hard

Stand up.
Sit down.
Go here.
Stay there.

Your wants for me
Are not mine.
Your dreams are yours.
I must find mine.
You can’t help me

I will die
With your help.
I will live
With mine.

Beautiful butterfly. Copyright © 2011 by Kristin Bailey.

Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. She has four more books, "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing An Appetite for God." Sweet Grace and Sweet Freedom study guides are available as well. All books are on Amazon and under the book tab on her website. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss tab. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking tab. Also check out her blog at