Poetry: It Isn’t Costly by Edgar Guest

Does the grouch get richer quicker than the
friendly sort of man?
Can the grumbler labor better than the cheerful
fellow can?
Is the mean and churlish neighbor any cleverer
than the one
Who shouts a glad “good morning,” and then
smiling passes on?

Just stop and think about it. Have you ever
known or seen
A mean man who succeeded, just because he
was so mean?
When you find a grouch with honors and with
money in his pouch,
You can bet he didn’t win them just because
he was a grouch.

Oh, you’ll not be any poorer if you smile along
your way,
And your lot will not be harder for the kindly
things you say.
Don’t imagine you are wasting time for others
that you spend:
You can rise to wealth and glory and still pause
to be a friend.

One response

  1. Reblogged this on A White Rose Amongst a Host of Red and commented:
    As we move through our lives, it’s easy to recall many friends, acquaintances, work colleagues who may benefit from this sage advice.
    Myself included at times, although the wealth never quite materialised.

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