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Saturday, March 14, 2009


If wishes worked like magic,
And plans worked that way too,
And everything you wished for,
Whether good or bad for you,
Immediately was granted
With no effort on your part,
You’d experience no fulfillment
Of your spirit or your heart.

For things achieved too easily
Lose their charm and meaning too,
For it is life’s difficulties
And the trials we go through
That makes us strong in spirit
And endow us with the will
To surmount the insurmountable
And to climb the highest hill.

So wish not for the easy way
To win your heart’s desire,
For the joy’s in overcoming
And withstanding flood and fire,
For to triumph over trouble
And grow stronger with defeat
Is to win the kind of victory
That will make your life complete.

Helen Steiner Rice (1900-1981)

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    I totally agree. Thanks for sharing such a lovely and insightful poem Lita! It gives me a lot to think about.

    3971 days ago
    Amen. Nice.
    3971 days ago
    Very good insight!
    3971 days ago
  • DINA:-)
    great poem--- and how true! without the bitter, the sweet isn't so sweet.
    3971 days ago
  • SHERI1969
    Great poem! I wonder if she is the person who wrote DON'T QUIT as well? It has the same type of rhyme and rhythm. Glad you are doing well Lita! You are a good friend! emoticon
    3971 days ago
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