The Measure of a Man

by Jo-Ann Downey

in Inspiration

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110 words of pure wisdom!  It is interesting that the author of The Measure of a Man is unknown/anonymous.  Was this poem a gift to others without the need or expectation of anything in return?  As shared in “The Volunteer Wellness Effect”, the secret sauce of giving is to serve as if no one is watching; to come and go without the need for anyone to know you were there. The higher your serving consciousness (in other words, the less your ego is involved), the greater the wellness effect for others…and for you.

The Measure of a Man
Author Unknown/Anonymous

Not “How did he die?” But “How did he live?”
Not “What did he gain?” But “What did he give?”
Not “What was his station?” But “Had he a heart?”
And “How did he play his God-given part?”
Not “What was his shrine?” Nor “What was his creed?”
But “Had he befriended those really in need?”
Not “What did the piece in the newspaper say?”
But “How many were sorry when he passed away?”
Was he ever ready with a word of good cheer,
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth

How do you walk through life?  What do you measure and how do you measure up?

photo credit: steven harris

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