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Focusing on the Good – a Poem from 1904

In my last post, I wrote about looking for the good in any situation. How have you been doing in the first few weeks of the New Year?  It’s been my experience, when we want to make a change in how we respond to the events or people in our lives, we need to find ways to keep our new method(s) visible and top of mind.  My office is full of inspirational quotes and mementos to help me remember to focus on the good.  Here is a poem I added for 2016.  The author is Mary Stewart, and this was written in 1904 for a women’s club Mary belonged to in Longmont, CO.

Keep us, oh God, from pettiness; let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.

Let us be done with fault-finding and leave off self-seeking.

May we put away all pretense and meet each other face to face, without self-pity and without prejudice.

May we never be hasty in judgment and always generous.

Let us take time for all things; and to grow calm, serene, gentle.

Teach us to put into action our better impulses, straightforward and unafraid.

Grant that we may realize it is the little things that create differences, that in the big things of life we are at one.

And may we strive to touch and to know the great, common human heart of us all.

And, oh Lord God, let us not forget to be kind!

Mary is quoted as saying, “I called it a ‘Collect for Club Women’ because I felt that women working together, with wide interests in large ends, was a new thing under the sun and that, perhaps they had need for a special petition and meditation of their own”. I think it has application for both men and women alike.  Maybe we need Mary’s words today, just as people did over 100 years ago.  Do you agree?  I’d welcome your comments.

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