A Cheerful Heart
To make our lives more meaningful,
it takes a cheerful heart…
and loving life and living it
each day as a brand new start.
It takes a positive attitude
when trials come our way…
and having the strength to carry on
and taking the time to pray.
Life is what we make it,
for the time that we are here…
so start each day with a cheerful heart
and see miracles appear.
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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
to all Dads, especially those with young sons.
I never had a son.
I have one daughter; my princess…still. She always makes Father’s Day special for me. This year she gave me the best Father’s Day gift ever. Six weeks ago she and her husband gave me my first grandchild…a boy. Oh, how I intend to spoil him…with love, of course.
But, I have always wondered what kind of a Father I would have been to a boy child. I guess I’ll never know. Or will I?
For my son-in-law, and all Dads of our world with little ones, here’s a little poem of wisdom that might help you shape your fatherhood. The author is unknown (it is actually attributed to numerous individuals and I was unable to ascertain who the correct writer is).
Little Eyes Upon You
There are little eyes upon you
and they’re watching night and day.
There are little ears that quickly
take in every word you say.
There are little hands all eager
to do anything you do;
And a little boy who’s dreaming
of the day he’ll be like you.
You’re the little fellow’s idol,
you’re the wisest of the wise.
In his little mind about you
no suspicions ever rise.
You are setting an example
every day in all you do;
For the little boy who’s waiting
to grow up to be just like you.
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Enjoy a hug today!
Hug O’ War
I will not play at tug o’ war.
I’d rather play at hug o’ war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.
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Enjoy …and maybe give away some extra smiles today!
And, if you’d like to consider more than just personal smiles today, I invite you to look at SmileTrain.org and the magnificent work they do to help people smile again.
Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling, too.
I passed around the corner, and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realized, I’d passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile, then I realized its worth,
A single smile, just like mine, could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin, don’t leave it undetected
Let’s start an epidemic quick, and get the world infected!
by Karen McLendon-Laumann
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