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I get to make the precious decision

As to how my life will appear

Rather it will be one of drudgery

Or one that will it be joyful and dear 


Only I can translate my daily feelings

To fit my lifetime needs

For many might be those folks

Who will make light of my Spiritual deeds 


It may not always be easy

However it is always worthwhile

Especially when you realize you have the power

To make other people smile 


Once we have embraced that fact

That it is only ourselves that we can change

Then we can make more magnificent moments

During the years that still remain 


We can pray for those who are in need

And hope that they will do well

Meditate on their human ability

To escape from that depressing spell 


Give them a wave or throw them a kiss

Open the door and welcome them in

Do all of those gestures with love

And make their day a win-win 


What does it cost you

And who knows where your efforts will go

All because of those brief few seconds 

That you allowed your inner heart to glow 


Stephen Daingerfield Dunn 

author of: Divinely Different – a Tribute to Santa Fe, A Day in the Life of a Raindrop, Bug Dreams, A Little Boy from Nowhere Texas, Christmas with Mr. Dunn, In God‘s Eyes, Can You Possibly Imagine, Designing with Mr. Dunn, The Book of Doe, Animals Anonymous