Give the best you have received from the past
to the best that you may come to know in the future.
Accept life daily not as a cup to be drained
but as a chalice to be filled with whatsoever
things are honest, pure, lovely, and of good report.
Making a living is best undertaken as a part
of the more important business of making a life.
Every now and again
take a good look at something not made with hands --
a mountain, a star, the turn of a stream.
There will come to you wisdom and patience and solace
and, above all,
the assurance that you are not alone in the world.