A pause for reflection.

Below you will find some pearls of wisdom that may give you pause for reflection. I have given credit where credit is due but some of these snippets of wisdom are of unknown origin.

The Wrecker

  1. I watched them tearing a building down
  2. A gang of men in a busy town  
  3. With a ho-heave-ho and a lusty yell
  4. They swung a beam and the side wall fell.
  5. I asked the foreman,"Are these men skilled,
  6. The men you'd hire if you had to build?"
  7. He gave a laugh and said,"no indeed,
  8. Just common labor is all I need.
  9. I can easily wreck in a day or two
  10. What builders have taken a year to do".
  11. I thought to myself as I went my way,
  12. Which of these roles have I tried to play?
  13. Am I a builder who works with care,
  14. Measuring life by the rule and square?
  15. Am I shaping my deeds to a well made plan
  16. and patiently doing the best I can?
  17. Or am I a wrecker, who walks the town
  18. content with the labor of tearing down?

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Life's Mirror

  1. There are loyal hearts and there are spirits brave,
  2. There are souls that are tried and true,
  3. Then give to the world the best you have,
  4. And the best will come back to you,
  5. Give love, and love to your life will flow,
  6. A strength in your utmost need,
  7. Have faith, and scores of hearts will show,
  8. Their faith in your word and deed,
  9. For life is a mirror for king and for slave,
  10. It is just what you are and do,
  11. Then give to the world the best you have,
  12. And the best will come back to you.
  13. -Madge Bridges.

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What Is Success ?

  1. It's doing your job as best you can
  2. And being just to your fellow man-
  3. Not just making money, but holding friends
  4. And staying true to your aims and ends,
  5. It's figuring how and learning why,
  6. And looking forward and thinking high;
  7. And dreaming little and doing much;
  8. It's keeping always in closest touch
  9. With what is finest in word and deed;
  10. It's being thorough, but making speed,
  11. It's daring blithely the field of chance
  12. While making of labor a brave romance.
  13. It's going onward in spite of defeat
  14. And fighting staunchly - but keeping sweet;
  15. It's running the risks but playing fair
  16. It's laughing lightly at Dame Despair--
  17. It's looking up at the stars above,
  18. And drinking deeply of life and love--
  19. It's struggling on with the will to win
  20. But taking losses with a cheerful grin.
  21. It's sharing sorrow and work and mirth
  22. And making better this good old earth--
  23. It's serving - striving through strain and stress --
  24. It's doing your noblest -- that's success!
  25. -Berton Braley.

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Forget It !

  1. If you see a tall fellow ahead of the crowd,
  2. A leader of men, marching fearless an proud
  3. And you know of a tale whose telling aloud
  4. Would cause his proud head to in anguish be bowed,
  5. It's a pretty good plan to forget it.
  6. If you know of a skeleton hidden away
  7. In a chest and guarded and kept from the day
  8. In the dark, and whose showing, whose sudden display
  9. Would cause grief and sorrow and lifelong dismay
  10. It's a pretty good plan to forget it.
  11. If you know of a thing that will darken the joy
  12. Of a man or a woman, a girl or a boy
  13. That will wipe out a smile, or the least way annoy
  14. A fellow or cause any gladness to cloy,
  15. It's a pretty good plan to forget it.
  16. -Jud Mortimer Lewis.

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  1. Life is a grindstone, and whether it grinds a man down or polishes him up depends on the stuff he's made of.

  1. He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.

  1. The reason so many people do not recognize opportunity when they meet it -- is that it usually goes around wearing overalls and looking like hard work.

  1. May the years ahead bring to you;
  2. enough happiness to keep you sweet;
  3. enough trials to keep you strong;
  4. enough sorrow to keep you human;
  5. enough failure to keep you humble;
  6. enough success to keep you eager;
  7. enough friends to give you comfort;
  8. enough faith and courage in yourself
  9. your business and your country to banish depression;
  10. enough wealth to meet your needs;
  11. enough determination to make each year
  12. a better year than that just closed.
  13. This is our wish for you!!!
  14. Lewis Edward Fite
  15. Arra Burton and Mabel Harper Fite

Reality !

  1. If you continue to do the same things
  2. You may expect the same results!
  3. -Common Sense / Troy Fite.


  1. Success, the real success, does not depend upon the position you hold but upon how you carry yourself in that position.
  2. -Theodore Roosevelt.

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