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Today Is a Gift To Us All

The thing about today is that:
                      It will be different than any other day
  Many different factors will share in the reasons 
           That today will be completely original 
  The people we encounter can play a huge role 
                          In the way that our day plays out 
We have no control over how these people may act 
                   No control over what they may say or do 
We can however control the way we allow it to affect us 
               I have met and been friends with 
        About every type of person that there is 
       From healers to killers I have met them all 
Shared meals and how we feel;the pressure of it all 
                             I used to allow outside influences 
                                                 Like these people 
            To play a role in how my day would go  
Then one day I realized that if you remove the water from the falls 
                                                     All that you have left is a cliff 
                                         And of course a hole at the bottom 
                  All the breathtaking beauty of the waterfall is gone 
All because some fool decided to build a dam to divert the water 
                    The River had no choice in how its day would go 
                       It had no choice in allowing an outside force 
                                                        To change its course 
                                        Of where it would end today 
        We have a choice, no matter what anyone does 
We can stay on course and maintain the original beauty of our day 
                                 As long as we always remember 
                                     That this day belongs to us 
The only thing that can change that is God, for it is his gift to us all

Copyright © Michael Jordan

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  1. Date: 8/18/2009 2:14:00 PM
    Excellent write, Michael. I think you must take advantage of the free verse form. It's limitless; sometimes meter and rhyme restrain the writer's message or ideas,(particularly, in couplet form). It's just and advise. Have a great day. Ruben.

  1. Date: 8/15/2009 9:34:00 AM
    People often ask, "Why did God allow this to happen? The truth, as you stated so well, is that God gave man the freedom of choice and we must accept responsibility for our own actions. Learning to react positively in the face of adversity is one of our greatest challenges. Nice work, MJ

  1. Date: 8/13/2009 7:42:00 PM
    Soup Mail!

  1. Date: 8/11/2009 3:58:00 AM
    Thank you for your welcome blog comments Michael.Rgds Brian I have done one limited edition Retrospectives on my blogs covering May 2007 thru May 2009.Thanks for your support.

  1. Date: 8/10/2009 8:11:00 PM
    Your words ring so true with wisdom and inspirational verses Michael!! Thank you for sharing this piece of poetic truth with us here at the soup! Goes to my favs!

  1. Date: 8/10/2009 5:23:00 PM
    I received the book..thank you brother.

  1. Date: 8/10/2009 1:28:00 PM
    a beautiful poem of faith and truth, everyday is truly a gift from God thats why he called it the present, a powerful and uplifitng write, God bless you from diane

  1. Date: 8/10/2009 1:23:00 PM
    Great wisdom in what you say, Michael, The school of hard knocks can teach us a lot, but how much sweeter it gets when we are at peace, with ourselves, the world and God, in God's love. Sincerely Moses

  1. Date: 8/10/2009 12:52:00 PM
    you are an inspiration a gift from God to us--well penned and thanks God for each and every day---charma

  1. Date: 8/10/2009 11:28:00 AM
    really beatful saving it in my favs.

  1. Date: 8/10/2009 10:06:00 AM
    You can not speak any truer words Michael my dear friend. Thank you. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/10/2009 10:00:00 AM
    This is very inspirational piece of the connections you make and how you brought it back to the ultimate builder..well done brother.