This morning, while out walking,

I hadn’t gotten very far…

when I happened to look up

and see a shooting star.


It was in that magical time of day,

before the night gives way to dawn.

I saw a flash,

a streak of light,

and then… the star was gone.


And I had to stop and marvel

at how that star and the night contrasted…

there but for a moment…

beautiful while it lasted.


I continued on my morning walk

again, I hadn’t gotten very far,

when I realized how all of us

are like that shooting star.


No matter how we see our life…

of this there is no doubt

We are here but for a brief moment 

before our light burns out.


I made a wish upon that star:

That everyone would be loving and caring and kind…

so people will smile when they see their star


and at the light they leave behind?

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When I was young I had big plans…I knew eventually

what I wanted to do with my life…and who I wanted to be.


I wanted to be a baseball star…the envy of the nation…

until I realized to be one…takes good eye-hand coordination.


Then I wanted to be a football star…have my name emblazoned on my shirt…

until I realized I was much too small…and all that tackling hurt!


Next I wanted to be an astronaut…and soar up among the stars…

until I realized my tummy ached…just riding in the car.


Then I wanted to be President…in charge of all the masses…

until I realized somedays…I can’t even find my glasses.


Eventually a teacher, husband, father and grandfather

is what I came to be…

and I often wonder if I chose them…

or if they have chosen me.


Yes, when I was young I had big plans

but I didn’t know…eventually

who I am in my life


is who I’d want to be.

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There is an undulation to life...

a natural ebb and flow.

Sometimes it’s dark and grey...

other times...it glows.


And when it glows...we must enjoy it...

every moment of every day...

so when it’s dark we have joy saved up

to help us light our way.


And when it’s grey...we muddle through...

we try to overcome our fears...

knowing joy will soon return...

in the wake of all our tears.


Knowing somewhere in our sorrow 

If we look for joy…we’ll find it…

Knowing a cloud cannot cast a shadow…


unless the sun’s behind it. 

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Two people at a city park…in relative obscurity…

One man frowning, pacing to and fro…

the other sat smiling in the shade of an old oak tree.


It was a beautiful day. 

The sun was shining.

There’s was breeze blowing in from the sea…

But look how different the two appeared…

What could cause such a discrepancy?


Wanting to know the reason

I set aside my book

and maneuvered into position

to have a closer look.


The answer was quite simple

It seems both men were assessing…

One was adding up all his troubles…

while the other…counted blessings.


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Room Upon My Knee

As I saw her on the stage, I smiled...

My mind drifted to when she was three

and we would read her favorite book

as she fell asleep upon my knee.


Now she’s grown and on her own.

Could I possibly have the year wrong?

Wasn’t it only yesterday?

Has it really been that long?


It was a bittersweet moment,

but I didn’t feel glum.

I sat there, marveling, 

proud and happy

at the woman she’s become.


Happy we’ve created old memories

I can now recollect,

and happy to create new memories

every time our journeys intersect. 


Proud and happy life has played out

the the way it’s supposed to be...

knowing her favorite book still sits on my shelf


and there’s always room upon my knee.

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2 Captains

Two captains met to choose their teams for life...
“I choose strength and beauty!” Captain 1 said.
Captain 2 spoke, after pondering a while,
“I choose love and kindness instead.”

Captan 1 chose intelligence and wealth
and power over everyone.
Captain 2 chose wisdom and respect
then announced, “My choosing is done.”

“But there’s so much more to choose!” Captain 1 said.
“How are you ever going to succeed?”
“Thanks.” Captain 2 said as he walked away,
“But I’ve chosen everything I’ll need.”


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Castles In The Sand

When I was young a trip to the beach
was wondrous and grand.
We would play in the sun,
swim in the water,
and build castles in the sand.

When I had my own children...
we’d spend hours on the beach.
We’d end up tired and tanned
after playing games,
chasing waves,
and building castles in the sand.

Nowadays I meet my grandchildren on the beach.
Our morning goes as planned.
We ride the waves,
search for shells,
and build castles in the sand.

Life’s moments slip away so fast
sometimes it’s hard to understand...
Perhaps that’s why we love creating
castles in the sand.

And why, when my wife and I walk along the beach
together hand in hand
We smile as we stop to visit
every castle in the sand..

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The Gift Of Life

We’ve all been given the gift of life.
A gift no one had to buy.
When given a gift so wondrous
doesn’t it make you wonder...

Why have I been chosen?
Why him?
Why her?
Why you?
When given a gift so precious...
don’t you wonder...
what am I supposed to do?

Perhaps the answer is a simple one
for this gift we’ve all been granted...
give back...
make others happy...
and live a life...

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One Chance

We have one planet,
one Earth...
one sphere on which we reside
One chance to get this right...
one magic carpet ride.

One moment in time...
one shot...
one juncture...
one opportunity...
One chance to come together
as one world....
one family.

Destiny has has placed us
onto this wonderful expanse...
And destiny awaits to see...
What we do with our one chance.