A Life Well Lived - 6 Poems

Be encouraged by these short poems about a life well lived. We all too often brood about losing the happiness of today by thinking of those sorrows of yesterday that we experienced, or, worse, believing that troubles will invade our happiness of tomorrow.

The art of a life well lived is in the now not in the past or worrying about the future for it is within us to carve and create a wondrous day that we have in hand. We hope the words in these poems of encouragement remind you of that! Live Well Today!


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  1. Today
    Poet: Douglas Malloch

    Sure, this world is full of trouble -
    I ain't said it ain't.
    Lord! I've had enough an' double
    Reason for complaint;
    Rain an' storm have come to fret me,
    Skies are often gray;
    Thorns an' brambles have beset me
    On the road - but say,
    Ain't it fine today?

    What's the use of always weepin',
    Makin' trouble last?
    What's the use of always keepin'
    Thinkin' of the past?
    Each must have his tribulation -
    Water with his wine;
    Life, it ain't no celebration,
    Trouble? - I've had mine -
    But today is fine!

    It's today that I am livin',
    Not a month ago.
    Havin'; losin'; takin'; givin';
    As time wills it so.
    Yesterday a cloud of sorrow
    Fell across the way;
    It may rain again tomorrow,
    It may rain - but say,
    Ain't it fine today?



  2. reaching for rainbows
  3. Reaching For Rainbows
    Poet: Collin McCarty


    If we don’t ever take chances,
    we won’t reach the rainbows.
    If we don’t ever search,
    we’ll never be able to find.
    If we don’t attempt to get over
    our doubts and fears,
    we’ll never discover how wonderful
    it is to live without them.
    If we don’t go beyond difficulty,
    we won’t grow any stronger.
    If we don’t keep our dreams alive,
    we won’t have our dreams any longer.

    But. . .
    if we can take a chance now and then,
    seek and search, discover and dream,
    grow and go through each day
    with the knowledge that
    we can only take as much as we can give,
    and we can only get as much out of life
    as we allow ourselves to live. . .

    Then. . .
    we can be truly happy.
    We can realize a dream or two along the way,
    and we can make a habit of
    reaching out for rainbows
    and coloring our lives
    with wonderful days.



  4. Well Lived
    Poet: Unknown


    A life well lived is a precious gift
    Of hope and strength and grace,
    From someone who has made our world
    A brighter, better place

    It’s filled with moments, sweet and sad
    With smiles and sometimes tears,
    With friendships formed and good times shared
    And laughter through the years.

    A life well lived is a legacy
    Of joy and pride and pleasure,
    A living, lasting memory
    Our grateful hearts will treasure



  5. Promise Yourself
    Poet: Christy Larson


    To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
    To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to everyone you meet.
    To make everyone you know feel that
    there is something good in them.
    To look at the sunny side of everything
    and make your optimism come true.
    To think only of the best, to work only for the best,
    and expect only the best.
    To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
    as you are about your own.
    To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to
    greater achievements of the future.
    To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and
    give every living creature you meet a smile.
    To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that
    you have no time to criticize others.
    To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
    and too happy to permit the presence of trouble in your mind.



  6. What I Live For
    Poet: Unknown


    I live for those that love me,
    For those that know me true,
    For the heaven that smiles above me,
    And waits my coming to.

    For the course that needs assistance,
    For the wrongs that need resistance,
    For the future in the distance,
    For the good that I can do.



  7. Build On Resolve
    Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox


    Build on resolve, and not upon regret,
    The structure of thy future. Do not grope
    Among the shadows of old sins, but let
    Thine own soul's light shine on the path of hope.

    And dissipate the darkness. Waste no tears
    Upon the blotted record of lost years.
    But turn the leaf, and smile, oh, smile to see
    The fair, white pages that remain for thee.
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Share these poems with someone who is concerned, focused or worried about the past or the future. Remind them that today is the only day all of us are guaranteed, so live it well.


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