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#274: Did You Do Good Today?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sometimes we become so engrossed in our individual daily trials and troubles that we neglect to notice when we can provide a kind word or deed to someone fighting through their own tough time.

In the poem titled, "A Morning Prayer" the author asks herself if, at the end of the day, she has made the world a better place for others.

Dare we ask ourselves the same question? And, if we do, what will our answer be?

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A MORNING PRAYER

by

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Let me today do something that will take
A little sadness from the world's vast store,
And may I be so favored as to make
Of joy's too scanty sum a little more.

Let me not hurt, by any selfish deed
Or thoughtless word, the heart of foe or friend.
Nor would I pass unseeing worthy need,
Or sin by silence when I should defend.

However meager be my worldly wealth,
Let me give something that shall aid my kind --
A word of courage, or a thought of health
Dropped as I pass for troubled hearts to find.

Let me tonight look back across the span
'Twixt dawn and dark, and to my conscience say --
Because of some good act to beast or man --
"The world is better that I lived today."
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