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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sunday Favorites – The Grammar of Life

Sunday Favorites is a new weekly event hosted by Chari at Happy to Design. It allows us to revisit favorite posts and give current readers another chance to read and enjoy them.

This is a post from July 21, 2008. I hope the message speaks to you. Have a wonderful week.

Today I would like to share a poem that I have had for many years in my collection of inspirational writings. The poem deals with the subject of attitude or perspective. How much it improves our life when we have a perspective that is hopeful and positive.

The Grammar of Life

"Said a Professor of English:
‘Live in the active voice,
not the passive.

Thank more about what you make happen
than what happens to you.

Live in the indicative mood,
rather than the subjunctive.

Be concerned with things as they are
rather than as they might be.

Live in the present tense,
facing the duty at hand
Without regret for the past
or worry for the future.

Live in the first person,
criticizing yourself
rather than finding fault with others

Live in the singular number,
Caring more for the approval
of your own conscience
than for the applause of the crowd.

And if you want a verb to conjugate,
You cannot do better than to take
The verb ‘to love’."
-- Author Unknown

This poem reminds me of the adage, "Bloom where you are planted." Make the most of your present circumstances. So I illustrate this post with closeups of flowers from my garden.

Thank you for stopping at my blog. My wish for you is that each day you may cultivate a positive and helpful perspective.


Marie Reed said...

Haaray for your grammar post! These are wonderful rules to live by!

Keetha Broyles said...

Great poem!!!! I'm gonna keep working on just doing it!!!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Wise words. Your flowers are just lovely. Have a HAPPY MOTHERS DAY. Hugs, Marty

Unknown said...

Love this poem.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Carrie...

My friend, I'm so glad that you joined in with the fun of Sunday Favorites!!! What a lovely post you chose to share once again...although it's new to me!

This poem is so wise, isn't it? I sure hope that I follow close to its wisdom...on a daily basis!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us!!! Ohhh my...what fabulous flowers you have in your garden! The lilies are gorgeous and I don't think that I've ever seen that color before...so unique and beautiful! But I have to say that your hydrangeas are my favorite...my favorite flower next to a rose...and the beautiful blues and lavenders are simply divine!!! You must have a green thumb, my friend!!! Lovely...simply lovely!!!

Warmest wishes,

abeachcottage.com said...

love this, so just right!