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Life Lines
Randy Cadenhead


Walk where you have never been
and wonder at the beauty of this world.

Wish for the best, but work
for its own reward.

Give more than you receive
and share it freely.

Be moderate in all things,
except goodness.

Wait your turn
and, on occasion, give it away.

Learn, if just to know,
grow wise.

Dream often,
and find a way to live your fondest.

Do all you can
never to hurt another.

Help someone daily;
it will also heal your hurt.

Read, for a book
Or a poem can change your life.

Write your own story,
you may change anotherís world.

Restore something old
and treasure it.

Reward freely,
repay always.

Obey and serve,
when it is due.

Always do what is right,
but do so ever with kindness.

Be confident in yourself
and humble before all others.

Give and receive love fully,
for that is the breath of life.

Be kind to all who will accept it,
and be fair to all others.

Beware that some are not good
and avoid but do not fear them.

Believe in something better,
and live to make it true.

Dig in good earth;
sow new life.

Reap with pride;
cook for pleasure.

Laugh out loud,
listen always.

Know the taste of longing
and the joy of play.

Listen to the music
you can find in silence.

Sing for the joy of it,
dance to its freedom.

Pray, even when it hard to believe,
for we were not meant to be alone.

Save for tomorrow,
each day.

Share from your heart
and with your hands.

Forgive as best you can,
for we are all only human.

Trust when you can,
but doubt when you ought.

Know that despite it all,
this life is good.

© by Randy Cadenhead.
Used with the authorís permission.

Randy Cadenhead learned to work in the medium of words as an attorney, but prefers to write of his more personal experiences and reflections. Although he teaches at Emory Law School, you are more likely to find him sailing somewhere in search of the perfect sunset. Randy lives in Decatur, Georgia; learn more about him at

Post New Comment:
Randy, thank you. A life lived sharing kindness will always be a light in this dark world.
Posted 07/04/2018 08:16 AM
Thank you.
Posted 06/06/2018 01:52 PM
I will listen to the music I can find in silence.
Posted 06/06/2018 09:24 AM
Reading this wonderful poem has given my day a good start! Jancan
Posted 06/06/2018 09:14 AM
Reading this wonderful poem is like hearing my father's voice once more!
Posted 06/06/2018 08:54 AM

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