one day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice--
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“mend my life!”
each voice cried.
but you didn’t stop.
you knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundation
though their melancholy
it was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
but little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of cloud
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do--
determined to save
the only life you could save.
imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air.
you name them-work, family, health, friends and spirit and you're keeping all of these in the air.
you will soon understand that work is a rubber ball.
if you drop it, it will bounce back.
but the other four balls-family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass.
if you drop one of these,
they will be irrevocably scuffed,
marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered.
they will never be the same.
you must understand that and strive for balance in your life.
how? don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.
it is because we are different that each of us is special.
don't set your goals by what other people deem important.
only you know what is best for you.
don't take for granted the things that are closest to your heart.
cling to them as they would be your life,
for without them, life is meaningless.
don't let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future.
by living your life one day at a time,
you live all the days of your life.
don't give up when you still have something to give.
nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
don't be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect.
it is this fragile thread that binds us each together.
don't be afraid to encounter risks.
it is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
don't shut love out of your life by saying it's impossible to find.
the quickest way to receive love is to give it;
the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly;
and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
don't run through life so fast that you forget not only where you've been,but also where you are going.
don't forget that a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
don't be afraid to learn.
knowledge is weightless,
a treasure you can always carry easily.
don't use time or words carelessly.
neither can be retrieved.
life is not a race,
but a journey to be savored each step of the way.
yesterday is history.
tomorrow is a mystery.
today is a gift:
that's why we call it the present.