Take Some Time

Take some time to smell the flowers

As you walk the paths of life.

Take  some time to ease the tensions

From the challenges and strife.


Take some time to hear the birds sing

As they usher in the dawn.

Though the day be just emerging,

Too soon it will be gone.


Take some time to watch a sunrise,

Now and then a sunset too.

Just be sure that seeking pleasure

Isn’t all you ever do.


Take some time to count your blessing,

Though you fell they’re not that great.

You will find they’re more abundant

Than you  thought,  at any rate.


Take some time to banish hatred

When and where you can.

Just detest man’s evil ways

And not your fellow man.


Take some time to love your children

Every moment you are free.

The benefits exceedeth

A university Degree.


Take some time to love your neighbor

And even more important still,

Take some time to love yourself

Or not many others will.


And if you don’t like that image

of yourself that others see,

Take some time to make some changes,

Be the best that you can be.


Take some time to help another

who you think might need a hand.

You will find the satisfaction

Leaves you feeling sort of grand.


Take some time to live by virtue

In the best way that is known,

And respect the rights of others

As equal to your own.


Take some time to just appreciate

The fact that you are here,

And to know that higher Power

And to trust it without fear.


If you do these things with dilegence

You will eventually be glad.

If you don’t attempt to do them

You may one day wish you had.


Although this no doubt could impose

Upon your time for seeking wealth,

There should be little question

That it could improve your health.


And though you might not be as wealthy

Nor drive so fine a car,

You’ll find you will be richer

In other ways by far.


—- leon Hansen

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