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Finding Life's Meaning

This is what I've decided life is about. At an older age now, I think a great deal about what life is for.

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Today I read this poem, and it really touched my heart. It's the way I've tried to live my life. I sincerely hope that others take guidance from these words. I am at the "older end of life."...

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What Life Should Be

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Published: February 20, 2018

To learn while still a child
What this life is meant to be.
To know it goes beyond myself,
It's so much more than me.

To overcome the tragedies,
To survive the hardest times.
To face those moments filled with pain,
And still manage to be kind.

To fight for those who can't themselves,
To always share my light.
With those who wander in the dark,
To love with all my might.

To still stand up with courage,
Though standing on my own.
To still get up and face each day,
Even when I feel alone.

To try to understand the ones
That no one cares to know.
And make them feel some value
When the world has let them go.

To be an anchor, strong and true,
That person loyal to the end.
To be a constant source of hope
To my family and my friends.

To live a life of decency,
To share my heart and soul.
To always say I'm sorry
When I've harmed both friend and foe.

To be proud of whom I've tried to be,
And this life I chose to live.
To make the most of every day
By giving all I have to give.

To me that's what this life should be,
To me that's what it's for.
To take what God has given me
And make it so much more

To live a life that matters,
To be someone of great worth.
To love and be loved in return
And make my mark on Earth.

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  • by Paul J. O'Brien
  • 7 months ago

Wonderful words beautifully expressed and written.
If only this could be taught in schools, the world would not be smitten
With monstrous acts of tragedy and destruction.
To be replaced with poems of love and life's instruction.

  • by Sylvia Sellars
  • 9 months ago

Today I read this poem, and it really touched my heart. It's the way I've tried to live my life. I sincerely hope that others take guidance from these words. I am at the "older end of life." I look back at how I have treated others and take pride in knowing that I always gave as much as I could and stood up for what I believed to be right and would, if possible, try to make a difference for someone else.

Never forget that the person you pass may not have spoken to anyone else for days. Loneliness is something you cannot see, and that individual that you smile at today will feel their spirits raise up inside simply because someone cared enough to look their way. Live your life. Love your life, but most of all, love your fellow humankind. The world would be a much happier place without loneliness.

  • by Abhi Desai
  • 9 months ago

I was very, very touched by this body of work. This inspired me to be a better person and have a good heart. I was crying a lot for weeks and weeks after figuring out the true meaning of this poem.

  • by Pat A. Fleming, Trenton, NJ Poet
  • 9 months ago

You have so honored me by taking the time to read my poem and share that you've gotten so much from it. That is everything I could have hoped for. I wish you great blessings in your life.

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