"I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6).
we really live? When does life drop its veil and show what it is, what it was
meant to be?
* When we have a faith fit to live by, a self fit to live
with, a work fit to live for, and someone to love and be loved by.
When we know how to earn a little and spend a little less, how to pull our own
weight and lend a hand to lift the load of others.
* When we know how to
fill time and not merely kill it, when we want less, love more, and add
something to the sum of human good.
* When we are wise enough to live
one day at a time, letting yesterday go and not living tomorrow until it
* When we can look out over the far horizon with a deep sense
of our own littleness, and yet have faith, hope, and courage.
* When we
know that every man is noble, as vile, as divine, and as lonely as we are, and
learn to forgive and love our fellows.
* When we know that every day is
a little life, every night a little death and that we pass this way but once in
* When we can sympathize with our fellows in their sorrows
even in their sins knowing that each fights a hard fight against heavy
* When we know how to make friends and keep them, despite their
faults and ours, and above all how to keep friends with ourselves.
When we know how to live and let live, how to live and help live, and how to be
a little kinder than necessary every day.
* When we have learned a few
great books full of beauty serenity, and vision, and treasure them as our guides
* When we know the one Great Book, how to live with it,
letting its strength and tenderness and peace enter into our hearts.
When we know how to worship, to yield our little fretful selves into the keeping
of One who knows the worth and meaning of life.
* When we know how to
throw off things, and not let them stick like burs and sting like bees, and how
to forget our regrets.
* When we know how to relax, let down, unwind;
how to ease the tension of life; how to be alone and not be lonely or
* When we know how to get out of our little selves into the
lives of others, putting ourselves in their place, sharing life in fellowship,
changing mirrors into windows.
* When we know that we are tied together
in one bundle of life, that the hurt of one is the injury of all, that the
common good is the good of every one.
* When the public iniquity is a
private bereavement, and we cannot rest until we do our part, cast our vote, to
cleanse it away.
* When we know how to make a living, but also how to
make a life, giving ourselves to something greater than ourselves, asking no
* When we know how to turn to a man the heart of a man, to a
woman the heart of a woman, to a child the heart of a child.
* When we
have learned how to walk out on those pesky imps, Fear, Worry, and Boredom,
erect, free, unafraid of life or death.
* When we can meet the knocks of
life and not be shocked, to suffer defeat and not be defeated, because we refuse
to be knocked out.
* When we know how to give ourselves, to forgive
others, and to live with thanksgiving, not taking life for granted, but for
* When we love the silent beauty of flowers, the songs of
birds, the wonder of morning, the mercy of evening and its
* When music sets us dreaming, when an act of pure goodness
melts our hearts, and we feel the thrill of a forgotten joy in the laugh of a
* When we know the fine art of being happy and high minded
amid the meaner drudgeries of life, turning our job into a joy.
star crowned trees, and the sunlight falling on flowing waters, subdue us like
the thought of one much loved and long dead.
* When we can look into a
wayside puddle and see something beyond mud, and into the face of a forlorn
mortal and see something beyond sin.
* When we can find good in every
faith that helps any man to find divine meaning in life, whatever the name or
rite of that faith may be.
* When we have learned to praise people for
what they can do, and not criticize them for what they cannot do, since no one
can do everything.
* When we are ruled by our admirations, not by our
disgusts, seeking the best in people, giving every soul the benefit of the
* When we know how to love, how to pray, how to laugh, how to
live with God, how to serve him, glad to live but not afraid to
Joseph Fort Newton