“Lives of Great Men All Remind Us”

“We Can Make Our Lives Sublime

And, Departing, Leave Behind

Footprints on the Sand of Time”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote this poem. It makes me pause and think a lot. Longfellow was a poet and also wrote prose. He was called a fireside poet. He wrote many famous books, including the “Song of Hiawatha.” This book is really a poem, and judged to take over three hours to read. I didn’t realize it was so long.

The poem at the top of this post reminds me of another one, Footprints in the Sand. It talks of someone describing a dream they had one night. Well, here it is:

Hardly anyone I know would call themselves great. Part of that is being raised as a baby boomer; and if you’re female, you really don’t. We don’t use words like that. We should. Learning our worth as a human being is important. Saying it out loud is more so.

No, I’m not saying we should be narcissistic. Narcissists don’t have any concern for others. All the people I call friend do care about others. It is in their nature. We want to make the world better for all of us. Service to others is a big part of this. While we need to take care of ourselves, once those daily tasks are done, it’s good to get outside of ourselves and reach out to others. It’s part of a balanced life. I believe that is part of what helps us be great.

People notice us. They notice what we do; how we behave; how we react to disappointment. They see how we deal with difficulty or joy. A positive attitude and hope go a long way toward making a positive mark on the world. Let’s be positive as part of our footprints on the sands of time. It’s one of the best marks to leave.

Thank you for reading today. I value your time and hope you have a blessed rest of the day. Let’s see each other tomorrow. Be safe out there.

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