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The Courage, The Strength, and the Wisdom

Updated on July 4, 2010

Give me courage to try to right the wrongs  

I can right; give me strength to accept those

Wrongs I cannot; and give me the wisdom

To know the difference.  I could well suppose

This ancient saying to apply only 

To outward rights and wrongs like politics,

Helping the hurt, the poor and the lonely

Or stopping wars and hunger, and yet it's

Within that all our problems seem to start.

The change we need is really change of heart. 

 

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      Sheila 8 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Damn, what a great spin on the Serenity Prayer. Good one, Tom.

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Very cool Tom-Tom!

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      I concur. Here's one to memorize, I'd say.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Wordmaster McGurk, for the wonderful compliment!

      Thank you, Cin D Vine!

      That's definitely what sonnets are for, Frieda! Thank you!

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      NarayanKrishna 8 years ago from The country of Mount Everest

      Let me add one from me. Give a strength to fight with corrupt authorities who go against rules and regulations.

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Beautiful piece Tom and I like your picture it makes me want to give you a big squeeze.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      A good one to add, Narayan, thank you.

      And a squeeze is always welcome, Blonde! That's me in the warehouse trying to change the world.

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      Kushal Poddar 8 years ago from Kolkata,India

      Very solemn.

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      you're a noble man mr rubenoff, i wish they'd clone you :D

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago from India

      Well said, Tom!

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      nazishnasim 8 years ago

      Very Very Wise Tom! :)

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      nazishnasim 8 years ago

      :D

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      You said it all in the last line.....great job! :)

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      raiderfan 8 years ago from Arizona

      Hell Yeah!

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Thank you Kushal. You are a wonderful poet.

      Chris! I dunno 'bout that, but thank you for the very nice compliment.

      Thank you Feline!

      Thanks, Nazishnasim. Not so wise. But perhaps I have it right this once :)

      The heart is where its at, I think, Tom!

      Damn right, Raider!

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      Tony McGregor 8 years ago from South Africa

      Good one, Tom!

      Thanks for the great ideas and for sharing them.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      shibashake 8 years ago

      Are we cloning Tom now? How much are the clones? $10? I'll take one! :)

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Tony!

      Boy, Shiba, I could make money!

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      Hawkesdream 8 years ago from Cornwall

      Yep, great poem, terrific thoughts.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Hawkesdream.

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      Jmell 8 years ago from El Paso, Texas, USA

      Tom......I'm working on my heart, figured I'd start with ME!

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      There you go! Thanks, Jmell

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      lxxy 8 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      Very good. As McGurk mentioned, great spin on a prayer. Never heard of that one...usually I'll meditate and repeatedly say "Wolf tit chip nipples!" Or something very similar.

      In Zeta Reticulanguage it means "All is well." ;)

      I love your poems, Tom.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Who is betta than you?

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      divinemercylover1 7 years ago

      You are changing the world...you have an impact of love on everyone you share your poetry with. I admire your style and will look forward to more. Thanks for the time. Kind Regards. John

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Divinemercylover, very much.

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      Watch Tower 7 years ago from New Zealand

      HI, I really liked this piece and especially the ending.In that we so often shake our heads, and think somebody should do something about the problems many face in the world. Yet as you so accurately put it. The first change, that first step to solving such global problems, is in fact changing ourselves, and our perspective. Yet we must really want to change ourselves and how we treat others and until we can do that, and stop thinking its not our problem, its not our job thats what_______is for. We will just keep complaining and wondering why we face the same global problems time and time again.

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      Dennis AuBuchon 6 years ago

      Great hub. Our strength as individuals cannot be underestimated. This was a great approach to an old saying.

      Well done

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thank you Tom for the strength in your poem. This is my favorite part. "Helping the hurt, the poor and the lonely

      Or stopping wars and hunger, and yet it's

      Within that all our problems seem to start.

      The change we need is really change of heart. "

      Voted up and awesome. I have shared this on FB, Tweet and with hub followers. Oh, yeah - sending you a big hub hug!

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      Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Vocalcoach! I have always liked the blessing, and it inspired me to write this poem. Thanks again :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful hub and one I can certainly relate to.

      I am so glad I came across it.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Tom Rubenoff 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Eddy! I'm glad you came across it, too. :)

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