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A Haiku - Excellence

Updated on June 24, 2014
We can all stand for something, something that matters.
We can all stand for something, something that matters. | Source

A Haiku - Excellence

Why "just good enough"?

Grade C, not B, F, nor A.

Fitting in the crowd.

Who taught "just enough"?

Your potential unexplored.

Your best gone to waste.

How much more you are.

The world needs the entire you.

Your chances? Unique.

Too few who show care.

Too many complacent now.

Make a difference.

The world can be what it isn't.

World peace?

Compassionate caring?

The end to world hunger?

The uncurable cured?

Harmony abiding?

Civility the rule?

Crime under control?

Who could ever make those human benchmarks achievable?

Probably not you or me. But we can be better at so many things than we are right now.

We can be more sensitive to the needs of others. We can be more patient, more loving, more forgiving, and more determined to live up to our own potentials.

If we all did just that much, might the world itself change from what it is today?

Average is what the world is today. It's the very definition of "average."

It can be so much more, but only if we strive for excellence and make the differences we each can contribute to the changes we want.

There are potential friends enough to go around. No one need be alone and lonely.

Our resources are not depleted, our learning potential remains limitless, compassion is hardly exhausted, and positive encouragement is untested in areas where depression, frustration, and anger run rampant.

One thing, one thing only is needed. Somehow we must catch the vision of what is possible.

Writers must write about it. Singers must sing about it. All the media must make the vision seem possible.

And the rest of us, you and me?

We can be so much more than we are today. With even a little more thought and effort we can make the world around us just that much better.

We can autograph our diaries with excellence.

"Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather the one who offers faithful service in small matters. This is the person who is most likely to achieve what is good and lasting."

(Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Poet and Novelist, 1749-1832)

We are in the world.  What is our role in making it    a better world?  We are a potential for change.
We are in the world. What is our role in making it a better world? We are a potential for change. | Source

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - Maybe its the Maine upbringing we share that does it?

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      To make a mark in this world, one must be patient. You and I appear to be on the same page.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love your haikus. I am teaching English--writing, literature--and this week we're talking about haiku one day. Thanks for inspiring me! Voted up and everything but funny!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Agree with all you say.

      If a person looks at their new text book for the semester they will frequently think, "I will never be able to master all of that!" But if they take one page at a time, one chapter at a time, one assignment at a time, they will understand and be able to master what is required when they get to it. When they have gone through the entire book that way, a step at a time, by they time they reach the end of the book they will be able to pass the tests there.

      So often it seems like people look at a problem and that problem is overwhelming in it's magnitude and so they think, "I'll never be able to make a difference with that," and they give up entirely.

      If everyone just did their very best to make their own little corner of the world the best it can be, working one step at a time, think what a different world we would be living in? It is all those little corners that people do have the power to change and rebuild and revise, that make up the entire world. If everyone's corner is ship-shape, so the world will be too. It is a worthy goal to make one's own corner of the world as good as it can be and to inspire other people to do likewise.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      You may have read the "Candide" stories which contained the line "Every day in every way the world gets better and better." Then the hero would find that each day became one that was even worse than the day before! (Voltaire, I believe.)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up . I'm always striving for excellence especially when it comes to my poetry and writing. Even in my content writing. I want to be more than good. Sometimes it works and other times it doesn't but that is to be expected. I remember when I started out in content writing I had more discontent clients telling my boss take these articles back etc. Now I do my work send it in and no problem. My hubby learned a positive saying meant to put one in a positive mood for the entire day. You stand in front of the mirror, put a smile on your face and happily say, In ever way you are getting better and better everyday.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      mackyi - Perhaps our biggest responsibility is to live up to our own potential. It is my experience that, just as with the use of our brain, most of us fall far short of our potential, so that we all have a nearly unlimited growth potential while faced with a limited number of years in which to realize it.

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      I.W. McFarlane 4 years ago from Philadelphia

      Very thoughtful! We all have our share of responsibilities!

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Ericdierker - Thanks for clapping.

      whonunuwho - Thanks for the read and comment.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks my friend. whonu

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well done, inspirationa

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Like a long distance runner, we can all pull from deep inside for just that little bit more than we thought possible. And it's that little bit more that makes the huge difference in how we finish our efforts.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you for your inspirational words. Sometimes I feel that I just can't continue striving for perfection. Sometimes I just get tired. But your hub has lifted me up. Thank you. Jamie

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Nice message and well received. whonu


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