The Joy of Living

I thought this selection appropriate as I am off on vacation to spend time with friends. (Note that posts to the blog may be a little sparse for a few weeks!)

If nobody smiled, and nobody cheered,
And nobody helped us along;
If each one only looked after himself.
And the good things all went to the strong;
If nobody cared just a little for you,
And nobody cared for me,
And we all stood alone in the battle of life,
What a dreary world it would be!
Life is sweet because of friends we have made,
And things which in common we share.
We want to live on, not because of ourselves,
But because of the people who care.
It’s giving and doing for somebody else –
It’s on that all life’s splendour depends.
The joy of this world when we’ve summed it all up,
Is found in the making of friends.

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