Monday, July 20, 2015

The Winds of Fate - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

This short little poem reminds us that it's not the storms of life that tell us where to go—it's the direction we set our sails...

"The Winds of Fate"
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

One ship drives east and another drives west
With the selfsame winds that blow.
Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales
Which tells us the way to go.
Like the winds of the seas are the ways of fate,
As we voyage along through the life:
Tis the set of a soul
That decides its goal,
And not the calm or the strife.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Two Kinds of People - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

What kind of person are you?

I love this poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. (But let's face it, I pretty much love anything written by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.) In this poem, Ella says that there are basically two kinds of people in the world and then asks the inescapable question: what kind of person are you?

"Two Kinds of People"
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

There are two kinds of people on earth today,
Two kinds of people no more I say.

Not the good or the bad, for it's well understood,
The good are half bad, the bad are half good.

Not the happy or sad, for in the swift-flying years,

Bring each man his laughter, each man his tears.
Not the rich or the poor, for to count a man's wealth,
You must know the state of his conscience and health.

Not the humble and proud, for in life's busy span,

Who puts on vain airs is not counted a man.
No! the two kinds of people on earth I mean,
Are the people who lift, the people who lean.

Wherever you go you'll find the world's masses

Are ever divided into these two classes.
And, strangely enough, you will find, too, I mean,
There is only one lifter to twenty who lean.

In which class are you? Are you easing the load

Of the overtaxed lifters who toiled down the road?
Or are you a leaner who lets others bear,
Your portion of worry and labor and care?” 

Monday, January 19, 2015

POWERFUL! Martin Luther King Jr.'s LAST Speech

Martin Luther King Jr.

Here is a selection from Martin Luther King Jr.'s last public speech "I've Been to the Mountaintop." It's gives me chills when I hear him say some of these things. It's almost as if he knew he was going to be assassinated...

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Thoughts Are Things

I've read a lot lately about the power of our thoughts. I definitely believe that our thoughts have power—that they exert a kind of gravitational pull on what we perceive to receive in life. I also believe that others have a kind of sixth sense about how we feel about them. I love this poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox about how our thoughts can make a difference.

"Secret Thoughts"
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I hold it true that thoughts are things
Endowed with bodies, breath, and wings,
And that we send them forth to fill
The world with good results---or ill.

That which we call our secret thought
Speeds to the earth's remotest spot,
And leaves its blessings or its woes
Like tracks behind it as it goes.

It is God's law. Remember it
In your still chamber as you sit
With thoughts you would not dare have known,
And yet made comrades when alone.

These thoughts have life; and they will fly
And leave their impress by and by,
Like some marsh breeze, whose poisoned breath
Breathes into homes its fevered breath.

And after you have quite forgot
Or all outgrown some vanished thought,
Back to your mind to make its home,
A dove or raven, it will come.

Then let your secret thoughts be fair;
They have a vital part and share
In shaping worlds and moulding fate---
God's system is so intricate.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

I Choose to Live By Choice, Not By Chance...

Today I choose to live by choice, not by chance.
To make changes, not excuses.

To be motivated, not manipulated.
To be useful, not used.

To excel, not compete.
I choose self-esteem, not pity.

I choose to listen to the inner voice,
not the random opinion of others.

-Author Unknown