Peace + Passion = Alive

ALIVE

If I fail to catch the music in the gently falling rain,
If the splendors of the sunset spread their hues for me in vain,
If my heart sends back no echo to the bird in yonder tree —
Though my purse may hold a million, I would still a pauper be.

If the triumphs of my fellows wake no thrill within my breast,
If the task that waits the doing spurs me not to do my best,
If I do not find fresh courage with each day that passes by —
Then the beggar at the corner needs his crutches less than I.

—Nellie Goode (written nearly 100 years ago)

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18 thoughts on “Peace + Passion = Alive

  1. So true! My AGI might be hovering around poverty level at the moment but when my family comes in for a group hug and the little ones look up and ask, “Are we rich?” I can see the knowing in their eyes when I ask back, “Do you feel rich?” and we all giggle like we just got tickled because we do indeed feel very, very rich.

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  2. Very inspiring. I really liked the part at the end where it says:

    “If I do not find fresh courage with each day that passes by —
    Then the beggar at the corner needs his crutches less than I.”

    Really made my day!

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