Why Not You? Today, many will awaken with a fresh sense of inspiration. Why not you? Today, many will open their eyes to the beauty that surrounds them. Why not you? Today, many will choose to leave the ghost of yesterday behind and seize the immeasurable power of today. Why not you? Today, many will break through the barriers of the past by looking at the blessings of the present. Why not you? Today, for many the burden of self doubt and insecurity will be lifted by the security and confidence of empowerment. Why not you? Today, many will rise above their believed limitations and make contact with their powerful innate strength. Why not you? Today, many will choose to live in such a manner that they will be a positive role model for their children. Why not you? Today, many will choose to free themselves from the personal imprisonment of their bad habits. Why not you? Today, many will choose to live free of conditions and rules governing their own happiness. Why not you? Today, many will find abundance in simplicity. Why not you? Today, many will be confronted by difficult moral choices and they will choose to do what is right instead of what is beneficial. Why not you? Today, many will decide to no longer sit back with a victim mentality, but to take charge of their lives and make positive changes. Why not you? Today, many will take the action necessary to make a difference. Why not you? Today, many will make the commitment to be a better mother, father, son, daughter, student, teacher, worker, boss, brother, sister, and so much more. Why not you? Today is a new day! Many will seize this day. Many will live it to the fullest. Why not you? —Steve Maraboli
The Day’s Work Is anybody happier because you passed his way? Does any one remember that you spoke to him today? The day is almost over, and its toiling time is through. Is there any one 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’s slipping fast, That you helped a single brother, of the many that you 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
BRIGHT HORIZONS We should be glad for distant things, for beauty ‘round the bend; For highways that lead on and on, With never any end. Be glad for goals just out of reach, The challenge of a star, The glory of a distant light That beacons from afar. For hopes and dreams are built on That enchanted distant mile, And far-off bright horizons Make the road today worthwhile. —Helen Lowrie Marshall
NOTE: The finger paint artist, Alexandra, is a beautiful 12-year-old child from Sandpoint, Idaho, USA and lives everyday with Rett syndrome. Please take a moment to visit her web HERE. It is beautiful and inspiring.
You will also enjoy a visit to her mother Catherine’s web HERE.
You can learn more about Diane Loomas, the poem’s author HERE.
And you can learn about the International Rett Syndrome FoundationHERE.
If I had my child to raise all over again, I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later. I’d finger paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting and more connecting. I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes. I would care to know less and know to care more. I’d take more hikes and fly more kites. I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play. I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars, I’d do more hugging and less tugging. I’d see the oak tree in the acorn more often, I would be firm less often, and affirm much more. I’d model less about the love of power, And more about the power of love. —Diane Loomans
RISK To laugh is to risk appearing a fool, To weep is to risk appearing sentimental, To reach out to another is to risk involvement, To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self, To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss, To love is to risk not being loved in return, To hope is to risk despair, To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, But he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live. Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom. Only a person who risks is free. —William Arthur Ward
I have hoped, I have planned, I have striven, To the will I have added the deed; The best that was in me I’ve given, I have prayed, but the Gods would not heed. I have dared and reached only disaster, I have battled and broken my lance; I am bruised by a pitiless master That the weak and the timid call chance. I am old, I am bent, I am cheated Of all that youth urged me to win; But name me not with the defeated, To-morrow again, I begin. —S E Kiserg
I sat with the stars on the hill of life And looked at the world below. I ran with the winds where winds begin And followed them where they blow. I lay by the sea on the beaten rock And rode on the farthest wave, I watched by a child on its night of birth And followed it to its grave. And love in the still of the star flecked night, When earth was all strewn with gold, Has lifted my heart like the chords of a song Oft sung in the worlds of old. And although I have not understood all this, Made up of a laugh and a wail, I think that the God of the world knows all, And some day will tell the tale. —Max Ehrmann