The Joy Of Life

Life is meant for living. This poem, The Joy of Life, expresses the thoughts of Berton Braley and life. You can play it safe and not take any risks, or you can live life with all the adventures it brings. You can see by the verses that Berton Braley is will to take a risk, to dare, rather than have a dull and boring life.

To dare or to take a chance must be weighed by the risk. Always ask yourself the question, if I fail what is the worst thing that can happen? In deciding whether to do a thing or not, you can ask yourself the question will someday will I wonder, "What if I had done ...?" We all decide whether or not to live our life to the fullest! Let this poem inspire and encourage you to reflect on the decisions you are making. Is life an adventure, or is life a bore?

The Joy Of Life
by Berton Braley

I'd rather risk gamely
And lose for my trying
Than grind around tamely
— A cog in the mill.
I'd rather fail greatly
With courage undying
Then plod on sedately
With never a thrill!

The game's in the playing
And, losing or winning,
The fun's in essaying
Your bravest and best,
In taking your chances
While Fate's wheel is spinning,
And backing your fancies
With nerve and with zest!

Let stodgy folk censure
And timid folk quaver,
But life sans adventure
Is weary to bear,
The dangers we're sharing
Give living its savour,
I'd rather die daring
Than never to dare!

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