Achievement ~ Quote by Robert Louis Stevenson

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

Poem on Happiness by Buddha

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him.
If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. “

– Buddha

Loss & Gain ~ Poem by Longfellow

Loss And Gain

When I compare
What I have lost with what I have gained,
What I have missed with what attained,
Little room do I find for pride.

I am aware
How many days have been idly spent;
How like an arrow the good intent
Has fallen short or been turned aside.

But who shall dare
To measure loss and gain in this wise?
Defeat may be victory in disguise;
The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.

The Journey to the Heart ~ Quote by Thomas Keating

If one completes the journey to one’s own heart, one will find oneself in the heart of everyone else.

Thomas Keating

Do You Wish The World Were Better? ~ Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Do you wish the world were better?
Let me tell you what to do.
Set a watch upon your actions,
Keep them always straight and true.
Rid your mind of selfish motives,
Let your thoughts be clean and high.
You can make a little Eden
Of the sphere you occupy.

  Do you wish the world were wiser?
Well, suppose you make a start,
By accumulating wisdom.

In the scrapbook of your heart;
Do not waste one page on folly;
Live to learn, and learn to live.
If you want to give men knowledge
You must get it, ere you give.

  Do you wish the world were happy?
Then remember day by day
Just to scatter seeds of kindness
As you pass along the way,
For the pleasures of the many
May be ofttimes traced to one.
As the hand that plants an acorn
Shelters armies from the sun.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

The Wish ~ Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Wish

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Should some great angel say to me to-morrow,
   “Thou must re-tread thy pathway from the start,
But God will grant, in pity, for thy sorrow,
   Some one dear wish, the nearest to thy heart.”

This were my wish!—from my life’s dim beginning
   Let be what has been! wisdom planned the whole
My want, my woe, my errors, and my sinning,
   All, all were needed lessons for my soul.”

Excerpt From
Poems of Power
Ella Wheeler Wilcox