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"Happiness and sorrow ebb and flow like waves upon a beach, and I am but a grain of sand." by poet I think of myself as nothing more than a sunflower who, at the hint of first light, turns to face due East Respectful of dawn, through God's glorious power, morning stirs my spiritual need, and upon it I feast. It's not a shortcoming to be generous and humble, nor a weakness in my character, a burden to bear. I'm never too proud to ask for help when I stumble for if I humbly ask for His hand, it will be there. Defiantly, pride seems to take control before a fall Arrogance is a foolish trait that becomes a liability ending in dishonor when the foolhardy hit a wall. Humility can be a saving grace; but not a disability. I am just a tiny grain of sand, washed upon a beach, a speck of dust on Earth, the size of a mustard seed. I believe by being modest, happiness is in my reach Content with what little I have, not tempted by greed. Integrity is an admirable quality in an altruistic mind Benevolence and compassion are gifts to be lauded By living an unassuming life, my worth will be defined without need to be rewarded, praised, or applauded. November 3, 2021 Your Own Philosophy Statement Contest Sponsor: Chantelle Anne Cooke

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Date: 11/28/2021 1:32:00 PM
What a wonderful spiritual write Jenna, I concur with the totality of the write, it must have placed well, for me it's a winner!
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Date: 11/29/2021 3:15:00 AM
Hello, John. If you agree with my thoughts on this one, I am very pleased to have written it. It placed third. Thank you for such kind comments.
Date: 11/24/2021 4:42:00 AM
I am in complete agreement with every line of your poem honoring our Father, Jenna. It's an excellent expression of devotion.
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Date: 11/24/2021 5:09:00 AM
Thank you very much, Lin.
Date: 11/22/2021 8:00:00 PM
Truly a worthy philosophy statement that all should strive toward. We all could use this lesson quite often.
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Date: 11/24/2021 5:08:00 AM
I'm pleased by your remarks, Andy. Thank you.
Date: 11/20/2021 2:28:00 PM
I like the line, that by being modest, happiness is within your reach. Caters to the spirituality in each of us. Excellent write. Thank you, Bryan
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Date: 11/24/2021 5:08:00 AM
Thank you ever so much, Bryan.
Date: 11/19/2021 3:09:00 PM
Beautifully written. Inspired to my heart. Nicely put together. Thank You for a well done write.
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Date: 11/24/2021 5:08:00 AM
I am truly delighted with your response, Sarah. Thanks so much.
Date: 11/16/2021 5:05:00 PM
I forgot to mention congrats for topping the best new poems list too. Apparently your writing has resonated with many!
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Date: 11/16/2021 5:22:00 PM
Oh thank you for that information. I really appreciate you for telling me. I forget to look at that, but knowing it's been appreciated by so many poets is encouraging.
Date: 11/16/2021 3:38:00 PM
Jenna, I am in agreement with you that humility is an honorable virtue to pursue. I commend you for unpacking so many attributes of humility in this poem: modesty, contentment, integrity, compassion, avoiding pride and arrogance, trusting in God, living an unassuming life. Your last line sums it up I think, 'without need to be rewarded, praised, or applauded.' I admire the care you put into this expression of your philosophy, down to the rhythm and rhymes. Really like the C.S. Lewis quote, too. Congrats for your high placement in the contest... definitely a fave for me ~ John
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Date: 11/16/2021 5:21:00 PM
What a wonderful critique you've left for my prayer of thanksgiving, John. I am gratified by your thoughts and the remarks made by many others, that it's to God that we owe everything. Thank you so much.
Date: 11/16/2021 7:20:00 AM
I like the mention of mustard seeds.
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Date: 11/16/2021 7:28:00 AM
Thanks, Thomas.
Date: 11/13/2021 11:17:00 AM
I can't find a thing wrong with this gem Jenna It's a good message, in the write I hope you Got a high place or win..' p s let me Know. When you get the time!
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Date: 11/13/2021 11:19:00 AM
Thank you for your interest, Joe. It was placed third.
Date: 11/12/2021 11:30:00 PM
How’d I miss this one? A fave!
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Date: 11/13/2021 1:31:00 AM
You didn't miss it after all, and I truly appreciate the fave. Thanks, Seeker.
Date: 11/12/2021 5:28:00 AM
I have fallen in love with the sentiments you have so beautifully expressed here. This is exactly how I too feel and it is the credo of my life..... to live humble and contented. Each one is gifted in his/her own way. There is no need to be haughty, arrogant or proud. We are just a speck in this universe.
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Date: 11/12/2021 5:18:00 PM
Thank you for such detailed and encouraging comments. They’re appreciated.
Date: 11/9/2021 4:28:00 AM
Wow! Congrats! Thanks for sharing your philosophy statement, expounded wisely through your awesome poetic style. God bless you.
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Date: 11/9/2021 9:05:00 AM
Thanks so much for your remarks, Beata.
Date: 11/7/2021 8:10:00 PM
Yes, indeed, we are but 'specks' in the vastness of the cosmos -- and yet, what we do, our every action, has an impact on the heavens... Masterfully composed, Jenna. Sweetness and Light, Gershon
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Date: 11/9/2021 9:05:00 AM
Thank you for such detailed thoughts, Gershon.
Date: 11/5/2021 11:03:00 AM
But what a lovely "grain of sand" Jenna generously sharing of your gifts and giftedness and giving thanks to the Master - the Creator of that grain of sand - in the work of your hands. As Eve says, God revels in the beauty of each grain of sand. Congratulations on your win. Sending you blessings from the beach!
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Date: 11/6/2021 8:30:00 AM
Thanks a whole bunch, Sam. I appreciate your remarks.
Date: 11/4/2021 2:20:00 PM
The Lord is our Master, from above everyone might look like a speck of sand from up above, but to Him his view as a parent admiring our beauty. Congratulations on your win, Jenna, great write.
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Date: 11/4/2021 4:37:00 PM
He is our loving Father. Thank you, Eve.
Date: 11/4/2021 2:10:00 PM
Superb pen Jenna, this is really challenging piece but so filled with hope as well. I must make this a fav, one that needs read over and over again till its one's daily practice. Blessings always, Gordon
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Date: 11/4/2021 4:35:00 PM
I’m honored that you have faved this one to read again. Thank you very much, Gordon.
Date: 11/4/2021 10:24:00 AM
We are all but grains of sand. Congratulations on your placement of such blessed words.
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Date: 11/4/2021 12:30:00 PM
Thank you.
Date: 11/4/2021 2:33:00 AM
Great advice.
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Date: 11/4/2021 12:30:00 PM
Thank you, Victor.
Date: 11/3/2021 2:16:00 PM
Beautiful presentation Jenna, and a beautiful philosophy to live by. Excellent rhyming and the lines flowed smoothly from start to finish. I enjoyed your poem very much.
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Date: 11/4/2021 12:30:00 PM
I love your critique, Bill. Thank you ever so much.
Date: 11/3/2021 10:29:00 AM
Admiral qualities to possess Jenna, you set the bar pretty high, we all have our strongpoints and weaknesses, no two grains of sand are indeed the same, I agree with Tom, would look great framed on a wall, for all to ponder every once in a while, wonderful poetry and message, cheers David
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Date: 11/4/2021 12:29:00 PM
I'm delighted that you and Tom both think this is worthy of being framed. That's the best kind of recognition. Thanks, David.
Date: 11/3/2021 9:05:00 AM
Jenna, this is truly a beautiful piece of writing on the value and reward of living a life of integrity and honest, devoid of arrogance and pride. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and, hopefully, I can apply its principles to my own life. a FAVE. Thanks for sharing this jewel!
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Date: 11/4/2021 12:28:00 PM
Thank you for admiring these lines, Milt. I think I enjoyed writing them as much as you seem to have in reading them. I'm grateful for your kind remarks.
Date: 11/3/2021 8:25:00 AM
A great philosophy to live by Jenna, a perfect entry for the contest. It wouldn't look out of place in a frame on the wall. Tom
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Date: 11/3/2021 8:41:00 AM
Sweet sentiments, Tom. I'm always grateful to read your thoughts. Thank you.