It Might Have Been ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

It Might Have Been

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

We will be what we could be. Do not say, 
    "It might have been, had not or that, or this." 
No fate can keep us from the chosen way; 
    He only might who is.

We will do what we could do. Do not dream 
    Chance leaves a hero, all uncrowned to grieve. 
I hold, all men are greatly what they seem; 
    He does who could achieve.

We will climb where we could climb. Tell me not 
    Of adverse storms that kept thee from the height. 
What eagle ever missed the peak he sought? 
    He always climbs who might.

I do not like the phrase, "It might have been!" 
    It lacks all force, and life's best truths perverts: 
For I believe we have, and reach, and win, 
    Whatever our deserts.


Author: Ray Calabrese

I am an optimistic, can do, and never quit guy. The spirit of hope indelibly marks my DNA. My research at The Ohio State University helped people discover the best in themselves and change their personal lives, public organizations, and whole communities. I bring the same spirit and enthusiasm to my blog to help those who grieve who find themselves suddenly alone, navigate their grieving. Join my more than 24,300Twitter (@alwaysgoodstuff). I promise my tweets are always good stuff. Please feel free to email me at

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