A poem of Encouragement

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Posted at “A poem of Encouragement” on December 29, 2007.

Here is a very encouraging poem i’ve stumbled upon on the net as i searched for a poem for a close friend of mine. hope it will touch your hearts as it has done to me. it’s very inspiring and uplifting.


Do not think of what you do not have;
Instead, appreciate what you have and can still have.

Do not think of things lost;
Instead, value what you still have and may yet find.

Do not cry over spilled milk;
Instead, rejoice in what was left.

Do not think of what you are not;
Instead, be humble with what you are and can still become.

Do not think of what others say you are;
Instead, concern yourself with what you affirm to be.

Do not think of the hours and days past;
Instead, look eagerly to times that are yet to come.

Do not think of what you failed to do;
Instead, think of those that you were able to do and can still best do.

Do not think of mistakes committed;
Instead, count the things you did right.

Do not think much of the pain you have caused;
Instead, plan for ways to make amends.

Do not think of the sufferings you now bear;
Instead, look to the comfort when relief draws near.

Do not consume yourself with thoughts of what could have been;
Instead, marvel at what has become and will become.

Do not be anxious to attain greater happiness;
Instead, content yourself with the little things which bring you bliss.

Do not aspire to fill your cup at once;
Instead, have the patience to do it little by little.

And if by chance you fail, do not fret over the empty part on top;
Instead, celebrate the space filled up.

Do not condemn nature when it is at its worst;
Instead, think of the times when it was at its best.

Do not blame luck for things you miss;
Instead, learn from things in which you have been remiss.

Nor should you curse luck or others for life’s misfortunes;
Instead, accept them as part of life.

I say then, Live fully, die a little,
Learn much but question less.

Have just enough but give much more,
Be contented each time to crave much less.

Doubt less and affirm a lot,
Understand more, and be understood less.

Worry a little but hope you must,
Accept all, resist the least.

For all things happen,
In due time they must.

By P. E. Calleja


4 thoughts on “A poem of Encouragement

    ohmymama said:
    January 16, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    hmm… you can add this:

    “Do not look for love. Look instead for the things that keep you from loving.”

    have a great day!

    jhOy imPeRiaL responded:
    January 16, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    yeah, that one is nice 😉

    avy said:
    January 16, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    Thanks for posting this very inspiring poem!
    I love it… =)

    jhOy imPeRiaL responded:
    January 16, 2009 at 9:40 PM


    uy!! thanks for hopping by 🙂

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