Goodness of life


The Goodness of Life

by Ralph Marston

Though there is much 
to be concerned about, 
there is far, far more 
for which to be thankful.

Though life's goodness can 
at times be overshadowed, 
it is never outweighed.

For every single act 
that is senselessly destructive, 
there are thousands more small, quiet acts 
of love, kindness and compassion.

For every person who seeks to hurt, 
there are many, many more who 
devote their lives to helping and to healing.

There is a goodness to life 
that cannot be denied.

In the most magnificent vistas
and in the smallest details,
look closely, 
for that goodness always 
comes shining through.

There is no limit 
to the goodness of life.
It grows more abundant
with each new encounter.
The more you experience and 
appreciate the goodness of life
the more there is to be lived.

Even when the cold winds blow
and the world seems to be covered in foggy shadows,
the goodness of life lives on.
Open your eyes, 
open your heart,
and you will see that 
goodness everywhere.

Though the goodness of life 
seems at times to suffer setbacks, 
it always endures.

For in the darkest moments 
it becomes vividly clear 
that life is a priceless treasure.

And so the goodness of life 
is made even stronger 
by the very things 
that would oppose it.

Time and time again
when you feared it was gone forever
you found that 
the goodness of life
was really only 
a moment away.

Around the next corner
Inside every moment
The goodness of life
Is there to surprise and delight you

Take a moment to let the goodness of life
touch your spirit and calm your thoughts.
Then, share your good fortune with another.
For the goodness of life grows
more and more magnificent
each time it is given away.

Though the problems constantly 
scream for attention
and the conflicts appear 
to rage ever stronger,
the goodness of life grows stronger still,
quietly, peacefully,
with more purpose and meaning 
than ever before.

Copyright © 2004 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.

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