Unsubduded ~ Poem by S. E. Kizer

I have hoped, I have planned, I have striven,
    To the will I have added the deed;
  The best that was in me I’ve given,
    I have prayed, but the gods would not heed.

  I have dared and reached only disaster,
    I have battled and broken my lance;
  I am bruised by a pitiless master
    That the weak and the timid call Chance.

  I am old, I am bent, I am cheated
    Of all that Youth urged me to win;
  But name me not with the defeated,
    To-morrow again, I begin.

S.E. Kiser

Excerpt From
It Can Be Done / Poems of Inspiration

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Today’s Quote on Confidence

If I am not for myself, who will be? ~Pirke Avoth

“There’s Always Something That Sings” Poem by Emerson

Let me go where’er I will
I hear a sky-born music still:
It sounds from all things old,
It sounds from all things young,
From all that’s fair, from all that’s foul,
Peals out a cheerful song.

It is not only in the rose,
It is not only in the bird,
Not only where the rainbow glows,
Nor in the song of woman heard,
But in the darkest, meanest things
There alway, alway something sings.

‘Tis not in the high stars alone,
Nor in the cups of budding flowers,
Nor in the redbreast’s mellow tone,
Nor in the bow that smiles in showers,
But in the mud and scum of things
There alway, alway something sings.

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Today’s Quote on Responsibility

You are responsible for how your life turns out, and your attitude shapes that life for better or worse.

Earl Nightingale

Something to Think About

If we are completely honest with ourselves, everyone has a dark side to their personalities.

Isabella Rossellini
Are you aware of your dark side? Is it something that frightens or inspires you? Have you made friends with your dark side?
Our dark side can be a friend in many circumstances. Can you think of a time when you needed your dark side to make something good happen?