For This One Hour

We can do anything for just one hour. Read the thoughts of William Arthur Ward of what can be done for only an hour. Inspiring and encouraging words!



For This One Hour
Poet: William Arthur Ward


For This One Hour I can be grateful.
I can thank God for life itself, for opportunities,
For friends, and for a hundred other blessings and
Privileges to be counted, cherished, and enjoyed.

For This One Hour I can be cheerful.
Equipped with a smile, a song, and a sunny disposition,
I can transform the atmosphere, enrich my environment,
and brighten the day for others.

For This One Hour I can be optimistic.
Striking a happy medium between the pessimist and
the Pollyanna, I can realistically and confidently
expect good things to happen to me and through me.

For This One Hour I can spend some time in prayer.
I can pause to recharge my spiritual batteries,
renew my mental perspectives, refresh my physical energies,
and replenish my faith in God and my fellowman.

For This One Hour I can be unselfish.
I can take the Golden Rule off the shelf, dust it,
unwrap it, and put it to work in my thoughts,
words and actions... right now.

For This One Hour I can look for the best in others.
It may take some diligent searching, patient seeking,
and careful screening, but I will work at it, even as I
want others to look for the best in me.

For This One Hour I can help make someone happy.
I can do it through a word of encouragement or
comfort, or perhaps by a helping hand, a telephone
call, a letter, or a visit.

For This One Hour I can be forgiving.
I can leave the lowlands of resentment, grudges
and bitterness, and rise to the highlands of
understanding, love and forgiveness.

For This One Hour I can be generous.
I can listen quietly and attentively when others
want to talk. I can look for opportunities to give
a well-deserved compliment to someone who
needs it.

For This One Hour I can live in the present.
Now is the only time I have, and I can use
this hour wisely as a personal and precious
gift from God.

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