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Today, whatever may annoy,
The word for me is Joy, just simple joy:
The joy of life;
The joy of children and of wife;
The joy of bright, blue skies;
The joy of rain; the glad surprise
Of twinkling stars that shine at night;
The joy of winged things upon their flight;
The joy of noonday, and the tried
True joyousness of eventide;
The joy of labor, and of mirth;
The joy of air, and sea, and earth--
The countless joys that ever flow from Him

Whose vast beneficence doth dim
The lustrous light of day,
And lavish gifts divine upon our way.
Whate'er there be or Sorrow
I'll put off till Tomorrow,
And when Tomorrow comes, why then
"Twill be Today and Joy again!"

John Kendrick Bangs

A Smile

A smile costs nothing but gives much--
It takes but a moment, but the memory
of it usually lasts forever.
None are so rich that can get along without it--
And none are so poor but that can be made rich by it.
It enriches those who receive
Without making poor those who give--
It creates sunshine in the home,
Fosters good will in business
And is the best antidote for trouble--
And yet it cannot be begged, borrowed or stolen,
for it is of no value
Unless it is freely given away.
Some people are too busy to give you a smile--
Give them one of yours--
For the good Lord knows that no one needs a smile so badly
As he or she who has no more smiles left to give

Author Unknown

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