What is Right Living?

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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

   What is right living? Just to do your best
   When worst seems easier. To bear the ills
   Of daily life with patient cheerfulness
   Nor waste dear time recounting them.
         To talk
   Of hopeful things when doubt is in the air.
   To count your blessings often, giving thanks,
   And to accept your sorrows silently,
   Nor question why you suffer. To accept
   The whole of life as one perfected plan,
   And welcome each event as part of it.
   To work, and love your work; to trust, to pray
   For larger usefulness and clearer sight.
   This is right living, pleasing in God’s eyes,
   Though you be heathen, heretic or Jew.


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