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My Favorite Poem

Do Something for Somebody Else

The world is encumbered with sorrow and care
with longing for happiness everywhere;
If then you would lighten the burdens of life
and lessen its toil and its worry and strife - 
Do Something for Somebody Else.

We rush madly on in our daily careers
and each takes his measure of smiles and of tears;
We flippantly mingle the bad and the good
nor seemingly care for the fact that we should - 
Do Something for Somebody Else.

Each plays his small part in life's feverish game
and scrambles for honors and riches and fame;
Grows selfish and craven and full of distrust
yet if we should truly be happy we must - 
Do Something for Somebody Else.

Oh you who are full of complaining and fears
who think but of self through the slow moving years;
Pray let me prescribe for life's fevers and chills
it's mental and moral and physical ills - 
Do Something for Somebody Else

Do something for somebody else and forget
your own petty troubles, why worry and fret?
Let love in your heart be forever enshrined...
He lives most who gives most of self to mankind
Do Something for Somebody Else.

-author unknown