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PURSUING WISDOM 
WILL LEAD ONE TO RIGHTEOUSNESS
IN DAILY LIVING

 

 

GOODBYE TO THE OLD 
Salutations to the new
As the old world goes by

 

 

TO LIVE LIFE LIGHTLY 
Not make light of it 
Only easier to bear

 

 

A YOUTHFUL SPIRIT 
Is not a matter of age 
But how it's nurtured

 

 

A CHATTERING MIND 
Creating one's gloominess 
Needs redirection

 

 

BEWARE OF A COMPLIMENT 
Let it be received 
Ever warily

 

 

TO OVERCOME PLIGHT 
Mingle with people
Rather than with your sorrows

 

 

ONE'S OUTLOOK ON LIFE 
Is not what one sees
With its physical eyesight

 

 

ONE'S WORLDLY WISDOM
Is shown by his behavior 
Not conversation

 

 

ONE'S SELF IMPROVEMENT 
Benefiting only him
Is all for nothing

 

 

ONE'S MORALIZING 
Without a license
Is a delicate matter

 

 

DESPITE THE HARDSHIPS 
Facing life bravely
By day to day living it

 

 

SELF RUINATION 
Will surely follow
Trying to please everyone

 

 

THE ESSENCE OF LIFE 
Becomes diluted
By unbecoming thinking

 

 

TO BE SELF RELIANT 
In the midst of crisis 
Requires composure

 

 

WITH YOUR OWN DEFINITION
YOU WILL ALWAYS WIN
YOUR OWN ARGUMENT

 

 

EMBARRASSING ANOTHER
By word or action 
Is a grievous wrong

 

 

AN ANGRY RESPONSE 
May likely occur
From a hasty assumption

 

 

LAMENTING THE PAST 
Is a worthless ode
Sickening the mind and heart

 

 

INSECURITY
Passes on to children
A sad legacy

 

 

THERE IS NO GLORY
From glorifying idols
Money - sex - power

 

 

WHEN A RELATIONSHIP WANES
Regrets rise to the fore
"Oh what if - what if"

 

 

TO STAND IDLY BY
When another is hurting 
Can't be justified

 

 

KNOCKING ONE'S SELF OUT 
With grandiose schemes
Is a mental affliction

 

 

EYES AND EARS MAY REACH SO FAR 
One's thoughts have no bar
Best know where they are

 

 

IN ONE'S LIFE JOURNEY 
One goes alone
Despite all relationships

 

 

TRAVELING ABROAD 
Nourishes the mind and heart 
If they are open

 

 

THROUGH THE HOUR GLASS 
Go the minutes of my life 
Measured in seconds

 

 

A SHIFT IN VIEWPOINT 
Brings instant relief
A continuous process

 

 

WITHIN MY ORBIT
How I conduct myself
Affects others and me

 

 

TO BE EFFECTIVE 
Requires learning from others
Who have gone before

 

 

SIFTING THROUGH DEBRIS
Of ancient civilizations 
Finding wisdom

 

 

A SELECTIVE MEMORY
Will wisely select
The good not the bad

 

 

CONVINCING A FOOL 
Is more difficult
Than persuading a wise man

 

 

LIVING IN TWO WORLDS
Inner and outer 
Inner of my own making

 

 

OFFENDING SOMEONE 
Is a grievous wrong 
Damaging to one's self worth

 

 

THE OTHER GENDER
IS A MYSTERY
BEDEVILING TO EACH GENDER

 

 

THE EMBERS OF PASSION 
SIMMER THROUGHOUT LIFE
SUBJECT TO FLARING

 

 

EVEN WHEN OLDER
THEY CAN GET OUT OF CONTROL
UNLESS WELL GUARDED

 

 

BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP 
Is a joint effort
To make it stand up

 

 

STRIKING A BALANCE IN LIFE 
Is a fine challenge
Trial and error

 

 

All PREDICAMENTS
Have a common solution
The passing of time

 

 

THINKING ONE IS POOR
When one in fact is not
Is victimizing one's self

 

 

MEDIATE YOUR THOUGHTS 
Be objective in judging 
Let wisdom prevail

 

 

ONE'S SELF CHARACTERIZATION
Will always affect
One's outer image

 

 

SEEING POVERTY
Can well bleed the heart
Purging one of complaining

 

 

A MIND WILL REMAIN FERTILE 
If it is watered
With positive thoughts

 

 

TO BE SOLELY SELF ABSORBED 
Is an ego play
With a sad ending

 

 

BEWARE OF EGO
When it claims to be
Your indispensable friend

 

 

THE SWEETNESS IN A WARM SMILE 
IS GENERATED
BY A LOVING HEART

 

 

REST AND RESTORATION 
No sadness allowed
Study and contemplation

 

 

FINDING WAYS TO SERVE 
As they may offer themselves
Always selflessly

 

 

COMING TOGETHER 
For conviviality
Makes for a grand time

 

 

MY NEEDS OF THE WORLD 
The world's need of me 
Do not always coincide

 

 

LOOKING BACK ON LIFE 
Highlighting good times
Is nostalgia at its best

 

 

GLADDEN SOMEONE'S HEART
However you can do it
Wherever you are

 

 

THE ESSENCE OF LIFE 
Produces nectar
To be imbibed heartily

 

 

LIFE IS WHAT IT IS 
Not a wishful dream
Leading to disappointments

 

 

THINKING BEFORE ACTING 
Is a wise dictum
Born of foolish behavior

 

 

TO LIVE WITH A PURPOSE
Gives meaning to life
Bringing inner contentment

 

 

WHEN DISILLUSIONMENT SWELLS 
Turning inwardly
Is an antidote

 

 

RECOGNIZING A MISTAKE 
Act on it forthwith
Before it turns gross

 

 

FOR ONE'S SURVIVAL
To engage selectively
In life's challenges

 

 

APPLYING MORAL TEACHINGS 
To real life issues
Tests one's character

 

 

TO THINK ONE CAN BORROW TIME 
Is a delusion
Borne of a braggart

 

 

TO BE RECLUSIVE
Does not make one exclusive 
Except in one's mind

 

 

APPLIED PLEASANTNESS 
Smooths any soreness
Both physical and mental

 

 

TO REMAIN HUMBLE
When being honored
Requires extra precaution

 

 

DIE BEFORE DYING 
Is not literal
It refers to one's ego

 

 

BEING MOVED TO CRY 
Unashamedly 
Is being human

 

 

ENABLING SOMEONE
To pursue his dream 
Is a special privilege

 

 

ONE'S VISION REFLECTS
One's background and stage of life 
Coming to the fore

 

 

YOUTHFUL FANTASIES
Seem to continue
Irregardless of old age

 

 

AGING GRACEFULLY
Reaping many benefits 
Coming in all forms

 

 

RECOGNIZE ALL THOUGHTS
SEE THEM AS WAYFARERS
SEE THEM ON THEIR WAY

 

 

ENJOYING ONE'S SELF
Any time and any where 
Is one's time well spent

 

 

SPECULATING WITH MONEY
Is far less risky
Than with one's morals

 

 

MOVING TOWARD OBLIVION
I cherish each day
Make my presence known

 

 

PREPARING FOR OLD AGE
Is a lifetime spent
In pursuit of wisdom

 

 Portal - AlKrassner's email- alkrassner@aol.com