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Here's an oxymoron
that's sure to brighten your day:
being the selfish head honcho,
in the end never pays;
purchasing personal glory
at the cost of a friend.
But being selfless
helps out everybody else
(and as an added bonus
even yourself)

NOTE: Haven't written anything new since I left Idaho, so I thought I'd share an older poem instead ...

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  1. Date: 5/1/2016 9:57:00 AM

    Timothy, Old is always gold & this one is golden neck-lase with diamond locket. Enjoyed..........hugs
  1. Date: 4/30/2016 5:43:00 PM

    Hi Timothy...I'm calculating that this Sunday you should be at your new home! ~ Enjoyed this older poem of yours...egoism and altruism. ~ Regards // paul
  1. Date: 4/29/2016 1:20:00 PM

    Great poem
  1. Date: 4/29/2016 9:43:00 AM

    True sentiment and wise as well. As to Andrea's question about which state you are now in, I hope it's not debilitating. / M
  1. Date: 4/29/2016 9:10:00 AM

    Did you leave your muse in Idaho??? Enjoyed reading your work..Thanks for stopping by..Sara
  1. Date: 4/28/2016 7:54:00 PM

    Lovely thought for us all, Timothy. I enjoyed seeing this older one of yours. So which state are you in now??
  1. Date: 4/28/2016 4:35:00 PM

    Hope you've settled in well, my dear friend! Beautiful wwisdom from an awesome poet. Always, Laura
  1. Date: 4/28/2016 1:52:00 PM

    Hello my namesake. Nice one. It's hard to believe being selfless gives one benefit because people usually focus on immediate rewards. It does pay off well in a longer term scale. Greetings, Tim.
  1. Date: 4/28/2016 1:35:00 PM

    Karma follows no matter who you think you are. A great write Timothy. I had to search for an older poem to post myself as I am experiencing writer's block off and on. I am sure you will become inspired to write something soon. Cheers, Connie ; )
  1. Date: 4/28/2016 12:27:00 PM

    Hey Andrea's blog about you. Was in a bad place at the time and it was hard to comment. I just want you to know I'm happy that you were showcased. You're one of my favs around here. This is a very great write here....full of wisdom. Hope you settle in your poem to the group. Yup...they were impressed. I do hope America stops being a tampon! ;) Hugs
  1. Date: 4/28/2016 9:29:00 AM

    My eyes tricked me and I thought the title was Egg Benificiary! I think a bit of ego is not necessarily a bad thing, however there are those who have egos on steroids and that is far from pleasant. Thanks for sharing this older piece. Now write a poem about egg Benificiary *lol*
  1. Date: 4/28/2016 7:18:00 AM

    So true, Tim. Being selfless not only helps everybody but yourslef as well. A great write. T.J
  1. Date: 4/28/2016 6:15:00 AM

    You are a clever man who thinks very deep... Life is an oxymoron... we live to die or do we die to live.... Hope you are well in your journey my friend... Keep the juke box going!
  1. Date: 4/28/2016 1:59:00 AM

    I see now why it's humid over there ;)
  1. Date: 4/28/2016 1:59:00 AM

    Love the sentiments Timothy - many could benefit from reading your wise words:-) hope all is going well (keep the car windows open hint hint lol) hugs Jan xxxx
  1. Date: 4/28/2016 1:35:00 AM

    Hi Timothy: Love the sentiments in this. It is a philosophy I live by too and it has always worked for me. Sending smiles to you. SuZ