Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
My Grandma was a woman with a brilliant attitude.
No strife in life could come along to dampen Grandma's mood.
Embracing life - arms open wide - she loved her fellow man,
She worshipped God and tried to live according to His plan.
I asked her, "Grandma, how do you maintain such happiness?
I can't imagine how you seem to handle so much stress!"
She smiled at me in such a way that only Grandma could
And said, "Because I know for sure that everyone is good."
"Oh, come now, Grandma", I replied with all the nerve I had.
"It is a well-known fact of life that men are good AND bad."
"Not so", said she. "I do agree some are misunderstood
But, deep inside, I do believe that everybody's good."
"Well, let's suppose," I said, "some hair-brain cuts you off in traffic,
Displays a finger in a way considered pornographic?"
"So what?", she said. "I don't believe he does it to offend.
He wasn't raised with couth and class like you and I have been."
"So someone steals your purse!", I cried. "That's got to make you mad!!!"
"No", she replied. "It only serves to make me feel quite sad
For some young boy not skilled enough to hold a steady job….
In degradation, he is forced to lie, cheat, steal and rob."
It didn't matter what I said. She knew just what to say.
She lived another twenty years by being just that way.
Her smile, a glowing testament to chronic happiness,
Which never left her face until we laid her to her rest.
The years have not been kind to me. I've had my share of strife
And, late last week, I thought of Grandma and her happy life
So I decided I would try it, that is, if I could
To spend one day entirely thinking everyone was good.
I was amazed at my results! How lucky could I get?
A nicer, kinder group of people I had never met!
Courteous and friendly were they all - and pleasant, too…
I had a smile from ear to ear by time the day was through.
Then I decided I would try to do the opposite,
Regard all men with jaundiced eye, just for the hell of it.
Well, every bum and sniveling jerk and sorry S.O.B
Came out to make it their ambition just to bother me!
So then I knew what Grandma meant. I truly now believe
The attitudes of others are in thoughts that WE perceive.
The world will always be the way we see it in our heart…
And, if I didn't say it Grandma, you were VERY smart!