Tuesday, September 16, 2008

For Thought

I started reading A Woman's High Calling by Elizabeth George in the mornings to give me food for thought for the day. I read this poem today and although it's a bit old-fashioned, I think its insight still holds true for the modern woman {and man for that matter}.

You Tell on Yourself

You tell on yourself by the friends you seek,
By the very manner in which you speak,
By the way you employ your leisure time,
By the way the use you make of dollar and dime.

You tell what you are by the things you wear,
By the spirit in which you burdens bear,
By the kind of things at which you laugh,
By the records you play on the phonograph,

You tell what you are by the way you walk,
By the things of which you delight to talk,
By the manner in which you bear defeat,
By so simple a thing as how you eat.

By the books you choose from the well-filled shelf:
In these ways and more, you tell on yourself.

Everything I do, tells the world about who I am and what I believe. Am I a good steward with my money? What things do I *enjoy* talking about? When faced with adversity, do I lean on God or worry with fear? Do my words uplift or drip with sarcasm? Do I use food for energy or to fill a void? These verses were both highly convicting and utterly inspiring for me. Funny how a few words of a simple poem can pierce to my core!

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