Out of all of the poems that have been posted here in the last few months, this is perhaps the most insightful. Excellent poem, I was impressed. These are definately words to live by, if only everyone actually listened to such good advice.
The lines that struck me were "you cannot hide in a maze, a maze created by your own mind, you are your own worst enemy, you keep yourself back, you and only you." WOW! and "make a choice, take a risk, love yourself," this especially made me think because I often struggle with this.
If only everyone could learn to fully accept themselves and love themselves then the world would be at their fingertips, we could achieve anything. Great words of wisdom, my friend. I look forward to reading more work by you.
I do have one criticism, however, the line "peace and love control our lives, our lives cannot be controlled." This line does make sense to me, I know what you are trying to say, but, the line is also a contradiction and I didn't like it. You say that love and peace control our lives, but then you contradict it by saying our lives cannot be controlled. It doesn't flow, in my opinion. I would rather peace and love control my life than alcohal or an adidiction, etc. So, if you are trying to say that life cannot be controlled, then why say that something does control it afterall, it contradicts your point. But, I still enjoyed this poem immensly.