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Sometimes there is nothing like a good poem to get you to think. This is one of my favorites.

When sorrows come into your life

And threaten to destroy

The very things you treasure most,

Your happiness and joy;

And when that crushing power

Threatens everything worth while,

And clouds of darkness gather

And you find it hard to smile;

Then lift your head and let the world

Hear every word you say.

With faith undaunted say to them:

“This too, shall pass away.”

When you are over-burdened

With life’s toil and earthly care;

When life becomes so dreary

It seems more than you can bear;

When weariness o’ercomes you

And you yearn for peaceful rest,

And trials of the day leave you

Discouraged and depressed;

There is no song within your heart;

You feel you cannot pray;

Then turn your thoughts to gladness for

“This too, shall pass away.”

When fortune smiles upon you,

And your cup of joy is full;

When everything you want is yours,

And life seems wonderful;

When days and weeks go flitting by

With happiness replete;

And you desire nothing more

To make your life complete;

Beware lest all these treasures

Of this earth lead you astray,

And hear again these truthful words:

“This too, shall pass away.”

And so remember well these words,

Whate’er your lot may be,

For life is ever changing–

With such rapidity.

Our gladness turns to sadness

When the sunshine disappears,

And sorrows change to happiness

When God has calmed our fears.

Compared with all eternity,

This life is but one day.

We cling to life, and yet we know

“This too, shall pass away.”