Loving One Another


Wouldn’t this old world be better
If the folks we meet would say,
“I know something good about you,”
And then treat us just that way?

Wouldn’t it be fine and dandy
If each handclasp warm and true
Carried with it this assurance,
“I know something good about you”?

Wouldn’t life be lots more happy
If the good that’s in us all
Were the only thing about us
That folks bothered to recall?

Wouldn’t life be so much better
If we praised the good we see?
For there’s such a lot of goodness
In the worst of you and me.

Wouldn’t it be wise to practice
That fine way of thinking, too?
You know something good about me.
I know something good about you!

Louis C. Shimon

COMMENTER / COMMENTATOR AWARD

GinaV at Professions for PEACE practices that way of thinking. She not only thinks, “I know something good about you,” but she takes the time to express it. When she sees others doing the same, she praises it with her affirmations and her nominations. Thank you, Gina, for nominating my blog for the Commenter Award. I am grateful to her for introducing me to so many thoughtful and inspiring bloggers. She does this by reposting blogs that touch her heart, and by acknowledging others through the blogging awards nominations. It is a beautiful blogosphere out there, a big and beautiful world of writers with ideas to share. I thank you all for sharing your time and thoughts. Like Gina, I love to offer comments and insights, both on my own blog as well as in replies or comments on others. In accepting this award, I will continue the “love circle” by passing on the links to some lovely people who also warmly encourage others. My nominees will be posted as an addendum to this soon. Meantime, you are here – reading this – and you may recognize that poem as one of those from my mom’s 1936 collection. More treasures to come!

I want to know something good about YOU, my blogging friend. Write a comment! And – have a beautiful day. God Bless You!

Comments on: "I Know Something Good About You" (23)

  1. What a great poem, Jan! I can see why your mom liked and kept it, and it is now in good hands with you. You are giving it new life by spreading its important message long after it was written. Thank you for sharing it!

    Russ

    • Thank you for dropping by, Russ. I will go in and edit the “author unknown” as soon as I get home and reconfigure my new computer – now that Gina has enlightened me with the poet’s name. Mom’s cutout didn’t include it! Come back again soon, my friend.

  2. What a lovely post Jan! And your kind words about me bring happy tears to my eyes. How I adore you, and this lovely caring community of friends growing and sharing together! I do believe that incredible poem is by Louis C. Shimon and it is one of my favorites! Thank you again for this incredibly delightful post, and for your sweet sunshine sharing into the world.

    • Thank you for the poet’s name, Gina. I will have to Google him! I, too, appreciate our “lovely caring community of friends growing and sharing together.” Thanks for dropping in on my blog! You’re the best!!

  3. I am fortunate. I get to see you in person. And, I know, for fact, that you live what you say. Most important, you find the good in others, and help them to know it. That changes lives.

  4. That is a delightful poem! I am gratified to see the “good” in so many bloggers who seek to make the world a better place, Gina and you among them. Peace, Mark

    • Thank you for dropping by, Mark. I seek the good – – – and I can see you do, too. God bless you! I enjoy your blog and ooh forward to your new posts.

  5. Love the positivity! Do you have any “power of positive thinking” stories you’d like to share on my blog? (Links and credit given, of course.) Let me know! You can also email me at mollie at mollieplayer.com.

  6. I know you already have … but would love more! (Yours was one of my most popular posts.)

    • Thank you, Mollie. I have taken a couple weeks’ break from my blog while the GrandAngels are here… four busy teens from CA. Lots to be positive about with them in my life!

  7. […] I Know Something Good About You, Louis C. Shimon (view Jan Beek’s post) […]

    • Thank you for dropping in on my JanBeek site. I have taken a break from writing in it for a couple weeks while my grandchildren are with me. I’ll be back. Right now, face-to-face time is the priority. I know you understand.

  8. Hello Jan! Just wanted you to know I have included a link to this wonderful poem in my latest post. I enthusiastically encourage the sharing of inspirational poetry! Thanks and please share more, by others or especially by you. Hugs, Gina

    • Thank you, Gina. I have had my four teenaged grandchildren with me this week – and they will be here one more week (with their parents in the week to come). So, I am taking a break from my blog for the time being. Will get back to it after they leave. You understand, I am sure. Thanks again for your encouragement!

      • I absolutely understand! Enjoy! Have fun! And then, rest… oh my goodness… Four teens?! You are my hero – now more than ever!

      • They are my “GrandAngels,” Gina. Wonderful young people – with manners and compassion and helpfulness. My son & his wife adopted all four of them. They re the heroes – not I!!!

      • Well put, Jan! I can feel the love emanating from your wonderful family. I shall eagerly watch for future posts that just might include stories of these wise young-adult ‘GrandAngels’

      • Stories will be forthcoming as soon as they have returned home and I have time to reflect on this beautiful visiting time we are having. Thanks, Gina!

  9. you have got a really useful blog i have been here reading for about an hour. i am a newbie and your success is very much an inspiration for me..http://www.ouvirmusicagratis.net

    • Hello, Eleonor. Thank you for dropping by my blog. I am taking a break from it for a couple of weeks while I have my grandchildren with me. Will get back to it when they leave. Meantime, four teens are keeping me hopping!

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