Day 25: Friendliness

“The nonviolent approach does not immediately change the heart of the oppressor. It first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives them new self-respect; it calls up resources of strength and courage they did not know they had.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Day 25 – FRIENDLINESS (Feb. 23)
To humorist Will Rogers, strangers were simply friends he hadn’t met. View those you encounter today in that light. Make a new acquaintance.
I will add this, which was sent to me by a friend today which was posted on another blog and through the NY Times….

Poem

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was born in 1825 in Baltimore to free African-American parents. She worked as a teacher, traveling speaker and journalist, and helped slaves to escape via the Underground Railroad. Her poem, “Let the Light Enter,” recalls the dying words of the great German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
— Poetry Foundation

Let the Light Enter
By Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

The Dying Words of Goethe

“Light! more light! the shadows deepen,
And my life is ebbing low,
Throw the windows widely open:
Light! more light! before I go.

“Softly let the balmy sunshine
Play around my dying bed,
E’er the dimly lighted valley
I with lonely feet must tread.

“Light! more light! for Death is weaving
Shadows ‘round my waning sight,
And I fain would gaze upon him
Through a stream of earthly light.”

Not for greater gifts of genius;
Not for thoughts more grandly bright,
All the dying poet whispers
Is a prayer for light, more light.

Heeds he not the gathered laurels,
Fading slowly from his sight;
All the poet’s aspirations
Centre in that prayer for light.

Gracious Saviour, when life’s day-dreams
Melt and vanish from the sight,
May our dim and longing vision
Then be blessed with light, more light.

*Thank you for sending 🙂

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About Kristy "Kiki"

I'm just a gypsy with a passion for the earth, people, art, music, photography, and writing.
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