Thursday, March 11, 2010

Found Words

While sorting through some old books, I found the following line on a worn bookmark:

'Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.' J. M. Barrie

Inside the same book was a greeting card from 1978 with this poem:

The beautiful in life...
some talk of it in poetry,
some grow it from the soil,
some build it in a steeple,
some show it through their toil,
some breathe it into music,
some mold it into art,
some shape it into breadloaves...
some hold it in their hearts.

Another bookmark held this: "Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be." Abraham Lincoln

Words to think about.

10 comments:

Susan at Stony River said...

I'd never heard that JM Barrie quote, but I love it.

Does it seem as if such words hid away until a day you'd need them?

Thanks for sharing them!

ELLOUISESTORY said...

Thanks. Good words. Like the Abe Lincoln quote.That's s good reminder.

Granny Sue said...

True, Susan. Perhaps at other times their meaning is lost, or at least to us because we don't need their message then?

Granny Sue said...

Reminding is good, especially as we age! I'm afraid that I've forgotten more things than I remember anymore, Ellouise.

Jai Joshi said...

Thanks for these lovely words, Sue. I know I'll be thinking about them all day. Abraham Lincoln was so right.

Jai

Tipper said...

Yes some words to think on. They remind me of another quote I used to know-something like "people who fail to see the sunshine are guilty of standing in their own shadow" I know that isn't it-but thats the jist of it.

Janet, said...

I love those quotes and the poem. How true they all are.

Granny Sue said...

Tipper, I like it. It's true--we can be our own doom-and-gloom machine. And Jai, Lincoln looked so glum in most of his photos, I was surprised to find a quote about happiness attributed to him. But he was right on target.

Isn't it true, Janet, that words can be meaningless, but sometimes they are exactly the right words for the right time?

Dina said...

That's a wonderful quote by JM Barrie....words to live by!

Twisted Fencepost said...

I live the poem, Susanna. It just proves the diversity of the human race. Each has their own talent.

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