Friday, August 13, 2010


I found this poem by Edgar A. Guest, titled "Myself" and what better to put with it than "myself" pictures doing what I love best. Playing with my friends at Heritage Park Care and Rehab (read poem slowly until you get the meaning, I did)

Petting Zoo visits residents

I have to live with myself and so

I want to be fit for myself to know.

I want to be able as days go by,
always to look myself straight in the eye;

My 64th Birday Bash with the residents

I don't want to stand with the setting sun
and hate myself for the things I have done.

I don't want to keep on a closet shelf
a lot of secrets about myself

Sandra Claus visits the residents each year at Chrismas

and fool myself as I come and go
into thinking no one else will ever know

the kind of person I really am,
I don't want to dress up myself in sham.

I want to go out with my head erect
I want to deserve all men's respect;

but here in the struggle for fame and wealth
I want to be able to like myself.

I don't want to look at myself and know that
I am bluster and bluff and empty show.

I never can hide myself from me;
I see what others may never see;

I know what others may never know,
I never can fool myself and so,

whatever happens I want to be
self respecting and conscience free.

Proverbs 17:22 says
"A joyful heart is like good medicine, a broken spirit will make one sick"


Kilauea Poetry said...

I took my time- wise words and oh so true! Verse is a good reminder too! The photos provide us a peek into your activities..were some of these around taken around Christmas? The top one is precious! My son caught a goat for me..(his name was Simon)- they are very sweet if they like you (smile). Well tomorrow is already Friday-hope you enjoy your day-

Anonymous said...

I love that verse .... and wonderfully illustrated. Have a great weekend!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Absolutely fabulous poem, Sandra ---and SO true...

Fabulous pictures of that gorgeous lady with the beautiful smile....

God Bless YOU, my Friend.

Ginny Hartzler said...

What a wonderful surprise! To see your beautiful face this early this morning when I'm draggin"!! Maybe now I won't need coffee! Your love of people and joy radiates in your face. I can see that you truly love doing what you do and helping people. And you are a knockout in that last picture!

Unknown said...

Sandra, I love the blog, pictures and especially the poem.

Anonymous said...

You are very "fit for yourself to know." You are a blessing to those in the home and it shows that you enjoy it, too. Very nice pictures - agree with Ginny - I especially like the last photo!

Madeline said...

Great pictures of you! Great blog! "Myself," is a beautiful poem. It is you personified! So true to the person that I am proud to call my friend and Sista. Very inspiring. The folks at Heritage love you and I love you too!

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Oh sweetie, this was a great reminder to be true to oneself along with lettin' your light shine. I love it!!!

Ya'll have a marvelously blessed weekend filled with fun and laughter!!!

George said...

Thanks for this beautiful and meaningful poem. I also like your pictures.

MedaM said...

Great post and great photos of you! And a poem is really beautiful. You are amazing lady, full of positive energy. :-)

Beverly said...

Awesome, Sandra, awesome. And here I thought you were ugly and unwanted.

SquirrelQueen said...

I love that poem, Edgar Guest is one of my favorites. Your photos are fabulous and I will add my vote for the last one too.

Judy said...

What a wonderful poem! It is one worth remembering and taking to heart.

Dawning Inspiration said...

What a great poem - and what a beautiful lady you are....

Chatty Crone said...

You are beautiful! I love your smile and you look fabulous in red. I never wear red! You look wonderful. Love, sandie