Thank you Michael. So very wise of you. A great reminder for those down days....smile...give...get out of self. Just so ~very true~! Reminds me of something that happened to me once...
One day I was in a very, very depressed state and had to go to the grocery store. I was really NOT okay.
5 PM, and I and half the town was there. It seemed like every other person I passed smiled BIG at me....
I thought, gee, I must look really sad! I'll bet 10-12 people smiled hugely at me. When I got to the check-out stand I was feeling incredibly better! It's amazing what smiles can do for a person, even from strangers.
Well, it takes me 45 minutes just to pick up milk and bread and by time I got home, first had to run to the bathroom. I ran past the mirror, and did a double-take, for on my face was a pitch black streak of I don't know what, running from cheek bone to jawline; I looked like half an Indian on the war path! No wonder everyone was smiling at me!
But, I laughed at myself and the situation...and those smiles did change my unhappiness that afternoon!
I honestly felt better driving home.
(of course I thought: well ya'd think one of em coulda tol me....) I was in such a bad state they were probably afraid to approach me..tsk!
Anyway, love your poem and YOUR attitude.
Thank you for sharing with us...
always a help, you are!
..without surrender, be on good terms with all persons..