"How often do I wish I were
What people call a character;
A ripe and cherubic old chappie
Who lives to make his fellows happy;
With in his eyes a merry twinkle,
And round his lips a laughing wrinkle;
Who radiating hope and cheer
Grows kindlier with every year.
For this ideal let me strive,
And keep the lad in me alive;
Nor argument nor anger know,
But my own way serenly go;
The woes of men to understand,
Yet walk with humour hand in hand;
To love each day and wonder why
Folks are not so jocund as I.
So be you simple, decent, kind,
With gentle heart and quiet mind;
And if to righteous anger stung,
Restrain your temper and your toungue.
Let thought for others be your guide,
And patience triumph over pride . . .
With charity for those who err,
Live life so folks may say you were--
God bless your heart!--A Character." - Robert Service (1874-1958)
It isn't a literary masterpiece, but Service was a people's poet. He wrote about common people for common people. Though scorned by the literary elite, his work was well embraced during his lifetime and made him a rich man.
The reason I am blogging about this poem in the "Unforgettable Characters Blog" is because it describes a person who would be remembered fondly by all those who knew him. Imagine if in real life, there were more "old chappies" like this. We'd all be smiling more and of course, the world would be a better place to live in.
But as many of us find out, life can be extremely hard. It doesn't matter whether you find yourself in rich or poor circumstances. Each of us has a burden in life to bear. So when I run across someone that can still smile in the face of life while serving others continually; while still baring their own burden; I am humbled.
I have met just a hand full of these special souls in my lifetime to date. They all fascinate me and fill me with hope for humanity. They make me strive to be a better person. And I will never forget any of them. Or the way they have made me smile. They are unforgettable characters of life. I hope you have the pleasure and privilege to know some of these unforgettable characters during your lifetimes, as well.
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The Found in the Jewelry Box Blog is my attempt to teach others about the wonderful world of gems and jewelry, past and present. Please enjoy!