Noble Deeds

Noble Deeds by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Whene’er a noble deed is wrought,
Whene’er is spoken a noble thought,
Our hearts in glad surprise,
To higher levels rise.

The tidal wave of deeper souls
Into our inmost being rolls,
And lifts us unawares
Out of all meaner cares.

Honor to those whose words or deeds
Thus help us in our daily needs,
And by their overflow
Raise us from what is low!

Your days might be greatly simplified and infinitely more generative were you to resist the temptation to wallow in discontent and look instead to pour every ounce of your energies into “honoring those words or deeds” of “deeper souls” who “help [you] in [y]our daily needs” and “raise [you] from what is low.”

What really is preventing you from doing this?

3 thoughts on “Noble Deeds

  1. David R

    When a person’s light is truly shining, it naturally illuminates and activates the best in others, shifting the context of life from one of despair and cynicism to one of well-backed optimism. One person’s vision and generosity of spirit can change the balance and direction of things profoundly and quickly. Each of us needs to be that person!


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