Solitude Poem

Be encouraged by this famous poem, Solitude, written by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. There are thousands of people who will respond to a positive attitude whether that is a smile you display or the good cheer that you freely pass on to anyone you meet. As written by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, the first two lines from this poem, "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone" are still often quoted today. Positive attitudes are cherished by anyone you happen to meet or those colleagues that you meet first thing in the morning.

On the other hand, the old saying "misery loves company" also draws a huge crowd of supporters. Why is this so? Sadly, a miserable, complaining person always attracts others who share or display the same attitudes. This is because those that show how miserable, or angry they are welcome others who will reinforce that they have every right to be upset, or that they are right. So many people go around their entire lives bemoaning how hard life is; how unlucky they are; or, how everyone they meet seems to dislike them. A nasty attitude, unfortunately, attracts others of similar thoughts and actions like a magnet draws metal to it. Let's be clear; this negativity has no resultant benefit; it does not move the yardsticks of life further towards satisfaction.

As you know, to be positive in life, to see the opportunity to grasp, no matter what the circumstances are not only will yield a much better outcome for you but will also increase your overall health including your physical health. Adopting a beneficial, happy, solution-oriented posture in your life will also, fortunately, encourage those in your own family as well as those people who associate with you. Although it may seem strange, positive eyesight will yield positive outcomes. The darkness that may surround you, given a certain issue or problem, never holds you within its grip for long. You will find that darkness succumbs to finding a resolution resulting in moving forward and out of the negative situation. Wilcox's encouraging and positive poem reminds us to keep a positive outlook on life. As she writes:
"Rejoice, and men will seek you;", and,
"Be glad, and your friends are many;".

The truth is this: we all have troubles in life but our attitude and how we view things will determine how we face and overcome any challenge or obstacle in life.

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By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone,
For sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air,
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go.
They want full measure of all your pleasure.
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all —
There are none to decline your nectar'd wine,
But alone you must drink life's gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.

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We hope after reading this poem you will be encouraged to laugh not weep, rejoice not to grieve, and live life to the fullest not living a life full of worry and hesitation!

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