What is the Measure of a Man’s Life

What is the measure of a man’s life,

I don’t know but for myself.

Money never bought me happiness;

At least none that lasted more than a brief moment.

Cars…I’ve had many,

Exciting when shiny and new,

But their luster is lost over time as is their value.

I do not live in a palace,

It is modest to say the least and more than I need.

Retirement savings are but a dream,

I will likely work until I am called home.

With all this…what is the measure of my life?

It is family, my wife and children,

Their love for me as I love them.

It is the sun that rises overhead

And the life-giving rains that fall,

It is everything that nature provides.

It is living in harmony with the natural world,

Not fighting it or conquering it.

Yes, there is bad mixed with the good,

Pain and suffering mixed with the ecstasy,

But at the end of my days,

This will be the measure of this man.

 

~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

 

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31 thoughts on “What is the Measure of a Man’s Life

  1. Beautiful. There is a saying that the three things all men (and women, one assumes) should do before they die are three: have a child, plant a tree, write a book. I’m not so sure how far you’re with the tree thing, but the other two you’ve got covered!

    • Well I think I have got the tree planting covered. I just planted 2 this spring and have planted many over my lifetime. It is the book writing that is giving me the most trouble…just trying to find the time and energy to complete the task.

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