Begin Again

Every day is a fresh beginning
Every morn is the world made new
You who are weary of sorrow and sinning
Here is a beautiful hope for you --
A hope for me and a hope for you.

Every day is a fresh beginning
Listen, my soul, to the glad refrain
And, spite of old sorrow and older sinning
And puzzles forecasted and possible pain
Take heart with the day, and begin again.

by Susan Coolidge

Hope is the Thing with Feathers

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.

And sweetest in the gale is heard
And sore must be the storm
That could sbash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land
And the strangest sea
Yet, never, in extremity
It asked a crumb of me.

by Emily Dickinson

Be Grateful for the Little Things

Be grateful for the little things,
The common pleasures each day brings
The glory of the springtime flowers
The beauty of the morning hours
The warmth of nature's bright array
The quiet times that ends each day

Yes, be grateful for the little things
And the pleasure each one brings
And in these little things you'll see
How wonderful each day can be!

By Amanda Bradley

HOME Is Where There's One to Love Us!

Home's not merely four square walls,
Though with pictures hung and gilded;
Home is where Affection calls.
Filled with shrines the Heart hath builded!

Home! - go watch the faithful dove,
Sailing 'neath the heaven above us;
Home is where there's one to love!
Home is where there's one to love us!

Home's not merely roof and room --
It needs something to endear it;
Home is where the heart can bloom,
Where there's some kind lip to cheer it!

What is home with none to meet,
None to welcome, none to greet us?
Home is sweet -- and only sweet --
Where there's one we love to meet us!

by Charles Swain


A friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find but lucky to have.

-Samantha Rosales-

Friends will come and friends will go,
The seasons change and it will show,
I will age and so will you,
But our friendship stays, strong and true.


There's nothing as nice as someone who shares, your laughter, your secrets, your wishes and cares, someone who's there through your good times and tears, who stays by your side as your friend through the years.

-Autymn Skillings-

A Winner's Creed

"If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don't;
If you'd like to win, but think you can't.
It's almost a cinch you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you're lost,
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a person's faith;
It's all in the state of mind.

Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster hand;
They go to the one who trusts in GOD
And always thinks "I can!"

- Author unknown -

The Love of A Friend

Friendship --
Like music heard on the waters,
Like pines when the wind passeth by,
Like pearls in the depths of the ocean,
Like stars that enamel the sky,
Like June and the odor of roses,
Like dew and the freshness of morn,
Like sunshine that kisseth the clover,
Like tassels of silk on the corn,
Like mountains that arch the blue heavens,
LIke clouds when the sun dippeth low,
Like songs of birds in the forests,
Like brooks where the sweet waters flow,
Like dreams of Arcadian pleasures,
Like colors that gratefully blend,
Like everything breathing of kindness -
Like these is the love of a friend.

by A.P. Stanley

My Task

To be honest, to be kind;
To earn a little and to spend a little less;
To make upon
The whole a family happier for his presence;
To renounce when that shall be necessary And not to be embittered;
To keep a few friends, But those without capitulation;
Above all, on the same grim conditions,
To keep friends with himself -
Here is a task
For all that man has of fortitude and delicacy.

by Robert Louis Stevenson


"There's something in a simple hug
That always warms the heart;
It welcomes us back home
And makes it easier to part.

A hug's a way to share the joy
And sad times we go through,
Or just a way for friends to say
They like you 'cause you're you.

Hugs are meant for anyone
For whom we really care,
From your grandma to your neighbor -
Or a cuddly teddy bear.

A hug is an amazing thing -
It's just the perfect way
To show the love we're feeling
But can't find the words to say."