Famous Inspirational Poem

This famous poem, "Have You Earned Your Tomorrow", is likely by Edgar A. Guest who was known as the People's Poet for his simple uplifting style of writing poetry, and first published in the Detroit Free Press around 1916. There are different versions of the poem around and it has been attributed to other authors and with other titles such as "The Day's Results", "The Day's Work", "At Day's End", and "Is Anybody Happier".

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I am not rich nor poor, but my heart is filled with love. I always want to help others in any way I can. I used to sit and listen to the older person because no one was there to hear his...

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Have You Earned Your Tomorrow

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Is anybody happier because you passed his way?
Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today?
This day is almost over, and its toiling time is through;
Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you?

Did you give a cheerful greeting to the friend who came along?
Or a churlish sort of "Howdy" and then vanish in the throng?
Were you selfish pure and simple as you rushed along the way,
Or is someone mighty grateful for a deed you did today?

Can you say tonight, in parting with the day that's slipping fast,
That you helped a single brother of the many that you passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said;
Does a man whose hopes were fading now with courage look ahead?

Did you waste the day, or lose it, was it well or sorely spent?
Did you leave a trail of kindness or a scar of discontent?
As you close your eyes in slumber do you think that God would say,
You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today?

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  • by Jothi Bosh K.
  • 1 month ago

I am not rich nor poor, but my heart is filled with love. I always want to help others in any way I can. I used to sit and listen to the older person because no one was there to hear his words. I used to serve food when someone is begging for money or food. I used to help me relatives or friends who were short of money for their medical assistance. While driving my car/bike, I'd stop and give money to a mother/child to help them buy some food. Every month I'd take some of my earnings to help others. I am very thankful to God for giving me this life, and I pray to God for serving more people in my life.

  • by Meryl M. Colquhoun, Canberra Australia
  • 9 months ago

Does anyone stop and look at what others are doing? They are not all rich as you see at Christmas time with expensive food on the table. Stop and think, not everyone has money. But we can offer a smile, or a thank you, or push the shopping trolley that an elderly person is struggling with. Or if someone is at the checkout and short of a few cents, offer to put it in for them and make their day. Stop, look, and listen. Make their day, and maybe it will make your day too.

  • by Alora M. Knight
  • 9 months ago

I was very touched by this poem because it reflects how I feel. I'm 97 and have witnessed so much. I believe we can brighten the day, no matter what the circumstances are. My greatest treasure is the file of letters I have received from all over the world (thanks to Family Friends Poems) that let me know that people have been amused, comforted, or inspired by what I wrote.

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