Words Of Inspiration

By Young1s Latest Reply 2012-03-04 19:12:10 -0600
Started 2012-03-01 19:17:36 -0600

As I was reading a beautiful poem that Flipmom posted, it reminded me of a discussion topic I've been meaning to start.

I stumbled across a poem years ago that has always stuck with me. It usually comes to mind when I'm reminded that there are people in the world with needs and problems bigger than my own. I later found out that it's actually a hymn that was shortened, because the last paragraph is repeated throughout the song. Here's how it read in the book:

OTHERS by Charles D. Meigs

Lord, help me live from day to day
In such a self-forgetful way
That even when I kneel to pray
My prayer shall be for—Others.

Help me in all the work I do
To ever be sincere and true
And know that all I’d do for You
Must needs be done for—Others.

Let "Self" be crucified and slain
And buried deep: and all in vain
May efforts be to rise again,
Unless to live for—Others.

And when my work on earth is done,
And my new work in Heav’n’s begun,
May I forget the crown I’ve won,
While thinking still of—Others.

Others, Lord, yes others,
Let this my motto be,
Help me to live for others,
That I may live like Thee.

Is there a poem, songs, etc that inspire, uplift or have a deep meaning to you. You don't have to type out it's entirety if you don't want to. But please feel free to share what ever part or in any way you see fit.

12 replies

Nick1962 2012-03-03 15:40:37 -0600 Report

OK, I'll add one I recently picked up that motivates me. "Strong Enough" by blues/jazz guitarist Serge Nikol

When I think about everything that I went through
many times I lost and I won a few
I've done good and bad and now I understand
that it was for the best
I evenly embrace all the victories
and all of my mistakes

I don't know where time will take me
let it get me by surprise
I know not a thing will scare me
I'm gonna be alright
'cause I'm strong enough

Through the years I've learned many things
that I didn't know
I think I'm better now then I was before
and I'll never let any greed or hate
to ever drag me down
if I lose I hope that next time it'll be
the other way around

I don't know where time will take me
let it get me by surprise
I know not a thing will scare me
I'm gonna be alright
'cause I'm strong enough

So many times I heard so many people say
man you've got to grow up
you don't wanna waste your life away
but I feel stronger each and every day
I feel like I can do whatever I want to

I don't know where time will take me
let it get me by surprise
I know not a thing will scare me
I'm gonna be alright
'cause I'm strong enough
I'm gonna be alright
'cause I know I'm strong enough

Young1s 2012-03-03 18:13:27 -0600 Report

I like that! It can be hard to confronted our past because it's not always pretty. But it's made us who we are today. Can't say that I evenly embrace the bad with the good but I've accept it warts, lumps and all. And I can live with it because everyday I'm trying to do and be better. Thanks for sharing that Nick.

Nick1962 2012-03-03 18:27:47 -0600 Report

It's really a good bluesy song, and the evenly embrace part I take to mean I recognise that without the bad, we'd never really know good, so both are equally important.

GabbyPA 2012-03-04 09:58:15 -0600 Report

yep, you don't know what is up until you understand down. Nor do you see the light unless you have been in the dark. That is so very true. Not that they are good or bad, but opposite. We choose what we prefer, where we feel safest.

Nick1962 2012-03-04 19:08:08 -0600 Report

Exactly. And diabetes is kind of like that. i think its something bad that made me better, so I embrace it for the learning tool it is.

Young1s 2012-03-03 19:18:02 -0600 Report

I follow you! In particular, when I'm getting over a bad cold, I always have that moment of really appreciating being better.

Nick1962 2012-03-04 19:12:10 -0600 Report

Yup, I know what you mean. That first day outdoors with the sun on your face, even if it's freezing cold and you're just going to get the mail.

TsalagiLenape 2012-03-02 11:18:44 -0600 Report

I love both of these. However, I have stopped putting OTHERS in front of me. For I am not in front of them on their agendas or list. So I do take time for myself yet I usually forget that at times. Yet working on a good balance.

jigsaw 2012-03-03 18:43:48 -0600 Report

I hope your referring to a certain few. I certainly have noticed positive things about you that put you side by side on equal and level ground with many! Even if you forget yourself at times, take note, there are many of us who see the special you!

Young1s 2012-03-02 13:11:02 -0600 Report

Keep working on it, Temi. And don't feel bad about taking time for yourself. For all that you do for others, it's well deserved. Hugs to you!

flipmom 2012-03-02 00:36:53 -0600 Report

A shout out to all my friends here in D/C!!

A Special World

A special world for you and me
A special bond one cannot see
It wraps us up in its cocoon
And holds us fiercely in its womb.

Its fingers spread like fine spun gold
Gently nestling us to the fold
Like silken thread it holds us fast
Bonds like this are meant to last.

And though at times a thread may break
A new one forms in its wake
To bind us closer and keep us strong
In a special world, where we belong.

- Sheelagh Lennon -

Young1s 2012-03-02 13:11:43 -0600 Report

Thank you for sharing that! Couldn't think of a better way to express what the essence of this community really is if I tried.

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