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Below is the poem entitled WORDS TO LIVE BY which was written by poet Judy Ball. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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1) Treat others the way you'd have them treat you.
     Whatever you dish out comes right back at you.

2) Don't talk about what you don't know first hand,
     And keep most that you know to yourself, contraband.

3) Don't take another into confidence,
     Most gossip is spread through this type of pretense.

4) When you DO one a favor, it's a GIFT that you GAVE.
     When you GET a favor, it's a DEBT to be PAID.

5) Your children won't listen to what you have to say.
     They'll watch what you do and then they'll live that way.

6) Children don't do what you tell them to do.
     They watch your actions and learn them from you.

7) Remember that neighbors watch people, it's true.
     If they're watching others, they're watching you too.

8) Don't expect more of others than you're willing to give.
     Remember these words, it's a good way to live.

9) Don't do anything that could be questioned later.
    Don't do what you don't want to read in the paper.

10) Never hang out with a questionable crowd.
       What they do in secret will be broadcast out loud.

11) In questions of will or questions of won't,
      Remember this well, if there's doubt, then don't.

I hope that these words give you pause, give you thought,
And I hope they're remembered more often than not.
It's really no more than just good common sense,
Read you Bible and pray and stay away from pretense.

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  1. Date: 4/13/2012 4:05:00 PM
    tmfvs. i loved every bit of this. so much so i am going to copy it and put it on my wall

  1. Date: 3/27/2012 10:00:00 PM
    Aweee..Judy, i love them all..., thank you for all the thoughts in your poem, I had much fun and thought reading your poem tonight*LUV~PD

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 4/1/2012 2:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so much pd. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 3/27/2012 2:23:00 PM
    Excellent advice and beautifully written rules to live by. Into my fav's. Mahalo

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 3/27/2012 4:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so much Connie. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 3/27/2012 10:16:00 AM
    A second Mission Statement i've read today, this is wonderful, Judy. enjoyed. harry

    Ball Avatar Judy Ball
    Date: 3/27/2012 1:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so much Harry. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 3/27/2012 6:25:00 AM
    Great advice penned in this one..Enjoyed reading this morn..Most things are easier said than done has been my life's experience..Most have trouble doing things on a consistance level in their lives..Thanks for stopping by..Yes, forgiving others for what they have done is not easy and we will always remember what was done against us for it is in our memory banks that can't be erased but the pain that goes with that memory can gradually fade with the help of God..Not just stuffed down...Sara