How Is Your “Tomorrow” Shaping Up?





He was going to be all that a mortal should be
No one should be kinder or braver than he
A friend who was troubled and weary he knew,
who’d be glad of a lift and who needed it, too;
on him he would call and see what he could do
Each morning he stacked up the letters he’d write
And thought of the folks he would fill with delight
It was too bad, indeed, he was busy today,
and hadn’t a minute to stop on his way;
more time he would have to give others, he’d say
The greatest of workers this man would have been
The world would have known him, had he ever seen
But the fact is he died and he faded from view,
and all that he left here when living was through
was a mountain of things he intended to do
                                                  —Edgar Guest



The Best Time For Kindness

If you have a kind word—say it;
Living hearts soon sink to rest.

If you owe a kindness—pay it,
Life’s sun hurries to the west.

If some grand thing for tomorrow
You are dreaming—do it now.

From the future do not borrow;
Frost soon gathers on the brow.

Days for deeds are few, my brothers,
So today fulfill your vow.

If you mean to help another,
Do not dream it, do it now.

—Author unknown. Adapted from a poem titled “Do It Now,”
published in the St. Andrews Buoy newspaper, June 3, 1897.

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