I keep the following on my refrigerator and read it everyday. I don’t come close to doing all that is asked of us in this short piece and it gives me something to ponder and to remember… humility and others before self. Yes. Goals. Hurt not the earth and the fullness therof.
By: Walt Whitman
This is what you shall do:
Love the earth and the sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, arugue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people.
Take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families.
Read the leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul.
And your very flesh shall be a great poem and the richest fluency not only in words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body….
Have a great day and I will see you again on Monday. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms, Aunts, God Mothers and Special Friends who love our children well. You are treasured more than you know.