Sunday, August 25, 2013

Watch your 'tude

I met upon the street today a man more feeble yet than I
He hobbled toward me, leaning on his cane
A broad smile upon his face and a twinkle in his eye.

I greeted him with a cheery, “Good morning, Mr. D!"
It’s good to meet you this morning in the lane
Your smile is bright as ever; that is good to see.”

“The surgeon says he will operate on my knee.”
“You’ve been a few times around the sun;
Your decision will the right one be.”

“I am eighty-seven now,” he said, “and I can
barely walk anymore, much less run.”
“May God bless you, and guide the doctor’s hand.”

He ambles on, I go my way
I am chastised within my heart
I’ve met an example today

By which to live; for he wears a grin
While I grumble with each dart
of pain. Now convicted: that is sin.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
--Proverbs 17:22

Therefore to him that knoweth to do goodand doeth it not, to him it is sin.
James 4:17


Vee said...

Oh my, I hope that's not a mortal sin.

Anonymous said...

Vee, a guide to proper living; no theological discussion.

vanilla said...

Vee, so how did I suddenly get to be "anonymous" on my own blog?

(Probably rolled over something with the cursor on my way to posting.)

Secondary Roads said...

It is too easy to grumble and complain. But it is no fun when life deals pain.

vanilla said...

Chuck, you've stated that exactly right. To keep grinning is sometimes a fight. To grumble and groan is our inclination; don’t do it, if happiness is your destination.

Sharkbytes said...

Let's get together and have a grin fest!

vanilla said...

Sharkey, winning idea!