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Wishing by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In her poem ‘Wishing’, Ella Wheeler Wilcox provides a timeless guide to creating a better, wiser, and happier world. We often find ourselves wishing for positive change. With verses that highlight the influence of our actions, thoughts, and kindness, this poem inspires us to play an active role in shaping the world we desire. Let’s delve into the wisdom of these verses and the profound impact of small, meaningful acts.

Wishing - A poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Wishing by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Do you wish the world were better?
Let me tell you what to do:
Set a watch for your actions,
Keep them always straight and true;
Rid your mind of selfish motives;
Let your thoughts be clean and high.
You can make a little Eden
Of the sphere you occupy.

Do you wish the world were wiser?
Well, suppose you made a start,
By accumulating wisdom
In the scrapbook of your heart:
Do not waste one page on folly;
Live to learn, and learn to live.
If you want to give men knowledge
You must get it, ere you give.

Do you wish the world were happy?
Then remember day by day
Just to scatter seeds of kindness
As you pass along the way;
For the pleasures of the many
May ofttimes be traced to one,
As the hand that plants an acorn
Shelters armies from the sun.

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