By the way you employ your leisure time,
By the use you make of dollar and dime.You tell what you are by the clothes you wear, By the spirit in which your burdens you bear,
By the kinds of things at which you laugh,
By the records you play on your phonograph.
You show what you are by the way you walk,
By the things of which you delight to talk,
By the manner in which you bear defeat,
By so simple a thing as how you eat.
By the books you choose from a well-filled shelf–
In these ways and others you tell on yourself.
So really there’s not a grain of sense
In trying to keep up a false pretense.
The Real Coloured People
(This poem was nominated by UN as the best poem of 2006, Written by an African Kid)When I born, I blackWhen I grow up, I black
When I go in Sun, I black
When I scared, I black
When I sick, I black
And when I die, I still black
And you white fellow
When you born, you pink
When you grow up, you white
When you go in sun, you red
When you cold, you blue
When you scared, you yellow
When you sick, you green
And when you die, you gray
And you calling me coloured?.
. Be to her virtues very kind. Be to her faults a little blind.
-Matthew Prior . Firmness of heart is needed for achievement,
but a firm friend does not lack friends.
Be a firm friend, that you may find friends innumerable;
for without friends you will be left helpless.
Generally the wolf seizes his prey at the moment
when a year-old sheep has strayed alone from the flock.
. Seek what you wish from God, not from men.
Be satisfied in joy; there is honor therein.
On friends and relatives be not a burden.
Rich is he who hopes from God, not from men.
-Al-Ghazzali, “Ihya Ulum Id-Din” . Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Finds us further than to-day.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow .
That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for. I’ve learned….
That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
That love, not time, heals all wounds.
That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
That life is tough, but I’m tougher.
That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
That I can’t choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it.
That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.
I’ve learned …..
That it is best to give advice in only two circumstances; when it is requested and when it is a life threatening situation.I’ve learned….
That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.
I’ve learned …
The difference between poor and rich is not the lack of wealth but the lack of happiness!.
Whine less, breathe more;
Talk less, say more;
Hate less, love more;
And all good things are yours. .
. May I a small house, and a large garden have And a few friends, and many books, both true, both wise, and both delightful too. -Abraham Cowley .
The stars I wonder
as I gaze up at the stars
way out there,
a star is looking back at me
and wondering the same…
What is interesting to me,
although sometimes sad to see,
is on the clearest of nights
with so many twinkling lights
that out there in the starkness
there is even more darkness
and though they still shine by day
the stars are hidden away.