The Poem of Life

Isn’t Life Glorious! Isn’t Grand!

Reach up – Take it –

Hold it tight in your hand.

Squeeze every drop of it into your Soul.

Drink the joy of it,  sun-sweet and whole.

Laugh with the Love of it.  Burst into song.

Scatter its richness as you stride along.

Isn’t Life Splendid and isn’t it Great.

Reach up – Reach out, it’s never too late!

2 responses to “The Poem of Life

  1. Hello Mick:

    My name is Daniel. I live in Montreal, Canada.

    Mick, one day on Blog Talk Radio, you spoke about a monk who went to see his master and the monk said: You won’t beleive what I heard.

    Then the master replies something like: If it isn’t worth it, don’t say it.

    Do you remember this story Mick? I’m trying to find it on your web site and I can’t.

    Can I trouble you to post it here please?


    Daniel Gauthier.

    • Daniel
      Thanks for your message.
      It was this fable of Socrates;
      In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem.

      One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said,
      “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”
      “Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test.
      It”s called the Three Filters Test.”
      “Three Filters?”
      “That’s right,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say.
      That’s why I call it the Three Filters Test.
      The first filter is Truth.
      Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”
      “No,” the man said, “actually I just heard about it and…”
      “All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it”s true or not.
      Now let”s try the second filter, the filter of goodness.
      Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”
      “No, on the contrary…”
      “So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him, but you’re not certain it”s true.
      You may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left: the filter of usefulness.
      Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”
      “No, not really.”
      “Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”

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