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There is a better thing than the observance of Christmas day, and that is, keeping Christmas.
Are you willing…
   to forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you;
   to ignore what the world owes you, and to think what you owe the world;
   to put your rights in the background, and your duties in the middle distance, and your chances to do a little more than your duty in the foreground;
   to see that men and women are just as real as you are, and try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy;
   to own up to the fact that probably the only good reason for your existence is not what you are going to get out of life, but what you are going to give to life;
   to close your book of complaints against the management of the universe, and look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness.
Are you willing to do these things even for a day?  Then you can keep Christmas.
Are you willing…
   to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children;
   to remember the weakness and loneliness of people growing old;
   to stop asking how much your friends love you, and ask yourself whether you love them enough;
   to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear in their hearts;
   to try to understand what those who live in the same home with you really want, without waiting for them to tell you;
   to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you;
   to make a grave for your ugly thoughts, and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open  —
Are you willing to do these things, even for a day?  Then you can keep Christmas.
Are you willing…
   to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world  —
   stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death  —
   and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love?
Then you can keep Christmas.
And if you can keep it for a day, why not always?
But you can never keep it alone.
Written by:    Henry Van Dyke
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On This Day In:
2019 Looking Forward To Tomorrow (2019 Version)
2018 Not One Cent!
Looking Forward to Tomorrow
2017 Make Glad The Heart Of Childhood
2016 Sincerest Flattery
The President-elect: Making Spirits Bright
2015 What Are You Looking At?
2014 Ite, Missa Est
2013 I Hear Voices
2012 Positive Thoughts
Hope Works
2011 Look! Up In The Sky…
Humility Before The Unknowable

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Time Is…

Time is…
Too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice,
But for those who love,
Time is…
Eternity.
Days fly,
Flowers die,
Pass by…
Love Stays.
  —    written by:  Henry Van Dyke
[Apologies to the author.  This is actually a quote, but I liked it better reformatted as a poem.   —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 The Cornerstone Pays
2015 Would That This Be True
2014 More Likely
2013 Enjoyed The Desolation
Watching Faux News
2012 Speaking Of Products
2011 Ready To Be Immortal?

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Life

Let me but live my life from year to year,
    With forward face and unreluctant soul;
    Not hurrying to, nor turning from the goal;
Not mourning for the things that disappear
In the dim past, nor holding back in fear
    From what the future veils; but with a whole
    And happy heart, that pays its toll
To Youth and Age, and travels on with cheer.
So let the way wind up the hill or down,
    O’er rough or smooth, the journey will be joy:
    Still seeking what I sought when but a boy,
New friendship, high adventure, and a crown,
    My heart will keep the courage of the quest,
    And hope the road’s last turn will be the best.
    —     Written by:  Henry Van Dyke
[In my journal, this poem was titled:  “The Zest of Life”    —    KMAB]
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Four things a man must learn to do
If he would make his record true:
To think without confusion clearly;
To love his fellow man sincerely;
To act from honest motives purely;
To trust in God and Heaven securely.
    —    Henry Van Dyke
[I have also seen this titled simply “Four Things“, but the blog title above is how I recorded it in my journal years ago.   —    KMAB]
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What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else.  But what you are will be yours forever.
   —    Henry Van Dyke
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To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind – this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for.
   —    Henry Van Dyke
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Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
    —    Henry Van Dyke
[And when you get a choice to sit it out or dance  —  I hope you DANCE!!   —    KMAB]
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There is only one way to get ready for immortality, and that is to love this life and live it as bravely and faithfully and cheerfully as we can.
    —    Henry Van Dyke
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