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A Friday Poem from Bernard Shaw

A special person sent me this for my Birthday yesterday – I love it.

This is the true joy in life:
the being used for a purpose recognized by
yourself as a mighty one;

the being a force of Nature
instead of a feverish,
selfish little clod of ailments and grievances 
complaining that the world
will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the 
whole community and as long as I live it is my 
privilege to do for it whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, 
for the harder I work the more I live.

I rejoice in life for its own sake.

Life is no brief candle to me,
it is a sort of splendid torch
which I have got hold of for the moment, and I 
want to make it burn as brightly as possible 
before handing it on
to future generations.

- George Bernard Shaw -

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