The Foot Path to Peace

by carko on December 4, 2014

I stumbled across a print of the following poem by Henry Van Dyke while cleaning out my office.
I’ll take it as a message from the past that seems appropriate for me and many others now.
I hope you enjoy it!



Henry Van Dyke
To be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars, to be satisfied with your possessions, but not contented with yourself until you have made the best of them, to despise nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness, and to fear nothing except cowardice, to be governed by your admirations rather than by your disgusts, to covet nothing that is your neighbor’s except his kindness of heart and gentleness of manners, to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends, and every day of Christ, and to spend as much time as you can, with body and with spirit, in God’s out-of-doors – these are little guideposts on the footpath to peace.

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Barbara December 5, 2009 at 2:34 pm

That’s a great poem. Thanks! I printed it out to read as my daily mantra. Good luck with your new blog! It looks good.

Nancy Minton December 5, 2009 at 7:20 pm

The poem has a great message. I also will print it out and paste on the wall in my offiice.

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