What finer things in life could there be
Than to love, laugh, hope and be happy?
Let us have patience, to wait for all good things,
Time to enjoy the song the robin sings.
Let us know the peace of freeing from the past,
And remember that the beauty of love will last.
May we discern that loving does not make us weak,
And simpler truths wait for those who seek.
To taste the sweetness of falling rain,
To welcome growth from experiencing pain,
And to know we’ve given all we can
Far exceeds the wallet of the richest man.
One holds honesty in the palm of his hand,
Ready to radiate like sun glistening on sand.
When our taking is outweighed by our deeds,
When we care to respond to another’s needs,
When we understand that people are deeper than skin,
When we have wisdom to know those who lose also win,
And when we know in our hearts that hope exists in all we believe;
Then, and only then, is there nothing greater we can achieve.
A rich soul knows a hard day’s work is comfort earned,
And failures are nothing more than lessons learned.
If we have diligence to climb when life appears steep,
Show affection and compassion for those who weep,
Find happiness in smelling lilacs and holding babies,
And trust enough to reach beyond the maybes,
We are living among god’s most wondrous treasures.
These are all ours, free and simple pleasures.
If we look for kindness beyond a scorned man’s heart,
And hold him, comfort him, help him make a start,
We might feel the gentleness beneath his hurried touch.
Our encouragement and understanding is valued much.
The words we speak can break or mend;
We must be careful with messages we send.
We have the ability to heal one’s soul,
To love and humor him, make him whole.
We should live each day with gratitude,
And give with an unselfish attitude.
These make us richer than all earthly means,
More than we could imagine in our dreams.
Drinking trust from a newborn’s fist,
Finding love wrapped in a small child’s gift,
Seeing hope that brightens a stranger’s eyes,
Watching a fledgling take off when it tries,
And having faith in what we cannot see
All make us and shape us into the best we can be.
Having the strength to love and to trust
Gives us character of integrity and just.
These things make us richer than any millionaire,
As long as we take our lives and live them fair.
However, love is the greatest wealth of all;
It has the power to ascend the implausible wall.
Originally written June 26, 2002