There are 2 inspirational poems written by the poet Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959) that have given me great inspiration: It Couldn't Be Done and Myself. Yesterday, due to the prompting of another blog, I traveled deeper into this poet's body of work. I was delighted by how each his poem's resonates with the human spirit; much like a Midwestern football coach delivering the team pep talk or ruminating on life's pleasures.
The poem below, Friends, hits an immediate chord, especially in light of the many challenges my family has faced in 2007. In addition to the Faithfulness of God, friendship has been a life preserver. When our ship appeared to be sinking, I would feel a firm hand on my shoulder, often before I could turn for help. My parents, too, have been constant friends.
F R I E N D S
Ain't it fine when things are going
Topsy-turvy and askew
To discover someone showing
Good old-fashioned faith in you?
Ain't it good when life seems dreary
And your hopes about to end,
Just to feel the handclasp cheery
Of a fine old loyal friend?
Gosh! one fellow to another
Means a lot from day to day,
Seems we're living for each other
In a friendly sort of way.
When a smile or cheerful greetin'
Means so much to fellows sore,
Seems we ought to keep repeatin'
Smiles an' praises more an' more.
- Edgar Albert Guest
One Month Until Christmas (or 30 Days)
I am standing on the threshold of Christmas and I can feel myself pulling up chest voice to exclaim, "I'M GOING IN!" Admittedly, I was hiding in my foxhole on Black Friday, not wanting to engage in hand to hand combat. Instead, I did some small online boutique shopping from the comfort of my home, my feet parked on carpet instead of concrete. Ah, life is good . . . Nonetheless, I have donned my fatigues (looking more like pajamas) and I am ready to take it on: all of it!
Today, I begin my Christmas To Do List– itemizing anything that seems realistic but is always subject to editing. To implement this list with diligence, I plan to focus on 4 goals per day.
- THE REASON: CHRIST
- GIVING: the continual lookout for ways to bless and affirm others
- DECIDE AND CONQUER: accomplish 1 or more things on my list
- INDULGENCE: something to fuel me (a sweet treat or a discovery)