Friday, April 12, 2013

Which Are You?

I came across this poem recently and thought it was worth sharing.  I LOVE it.  I think it rings true.   I challenge you to read it and answer the questions for yourself.  

Which Are You?
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

THERE are two kinds of people on earth to-day;
Just two kinds of people, no more, I say.

Not the sinner and saint, for it's well understood,
The good are half bad, and the bad are half good.

Not the rich and the poor, for to rate a man's wealth,
You must first know the state of his conscience and health.

Not the humble and proud, for in life's little span,
Who puts on vain airs, is not counted a man.

Not the happy and sad, for the swift flying years
Bring each man his laughter and each man his tears.

No; the two kinds of people on earth I mean,
Are the people who lift, and the people who lean.

Wherever you go, you will find the earth's masses,
Are always divided in just these two classes.

And oddly enough, you will find too, I ween,
There's only one lifter to twenty who lean.

In which class are you? Are you easing the load,
Of overtaxed lifters, who toil down the road?

Or are you a leaner, who lets others share
Your portion of labor, and worry and care?

Well, now that you have read and contemplated.  What do you think of the poem?  What did you decide?  Which are you?  

1 comment :

  1. Hi Tiare! This is a wonderful poem, and I think it does ring true. I've spent a few minutes checking out your blog, and will definitely come back when I have more time. I especially want to visit your weight loss section!



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