The Day Is Almost Over…

Inspiration for abundance and GYA can come from just about anywhere, if we have chosen to be open to it. One of the places to find inspiration that can quickly lead to motivation is poetry. Here is a favorite from Edgar Guest. Hope you enjoy it.

The Day’s Work

Is anybody happier because you passed his way?
   Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today?
The day is almost over, and its toiling time is through.
   Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you?

Did you give a cheerful greeting to the friend who came along,
   Or a churlish sort of “howdy” and then vanish in the throng?
Were you selfish, pure and simple, as you rushed along the way,
   Or is someone mighty grateful for a deed you did today?

Can you say tonight in parting, with the day that is slipping fast,
   That you helped a single brother, of the many that have passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said?
   Does a man whose hopes were fading, now with courage look ahead?

Did you waste the day, or lose it?  Was it well or sorely spent?
   Did you leave a trail of kindness, or a scar of discontent?
As you close your eyes in slumber, do you think that God would say,
You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today?

—Edgar Guest

Edgar Albert Guest (August 20, 1881, Birmingham, England – August 5, 1959, Detroit, Michigan) (aka Eddie Guest) was a prolific American poet who was popular in the first half of the 20th century and became known as the People’s Poet.

In 1891, Guest came with his family to the United States from England. He began at the Detroit Free Press as a copy boy, and then a reporter. His first poem appeared December 11, 1898. He became a naturalized citizen in 1902. For 40 years, Guest was widely read throughout North America.

From his first published work in the Detroit Free Press until his death in 1959, Guest penned some 11,000 poems that were syndicated in more than 300 newspapers. Many were reprinted in books of the day, including A Heap o’ Livin’ (1916) and Just Folks (1917). Guest was made Poet Laureate of Michigan, the only poet to have been awarded the title.

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