A Morning Wish

By Excelsior Banner

The sun is rising on the morning of another day.
What can I wish that day may bring to me?

Nothing that shall make the world or others poorer;
nothing at the expense of other men;
but just those few things which in their coming do not
stop with me, but touch me, rather,
as they pass and gather strength.

A few friends who understand me,
and yet remain my friends.

A work to do which has real value,
without which the world would feel the poorer.

A return for such work small enough not to
tax unduly anyone who pays.

A mind unafraid to travel, even though
the trail be not blazed.

An understanding heart.

A sight of the eternal hills and unresting sea, and
something beautiful the hands of man have made.

A sense of humor and the power to laugh.

And the patience to wait for the coming of those things,
with the wisdom to know them when they come.

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