If researching my family tree has taught me anything it is that I am descended from a long line of wise and wonderful women. And I am often blessed by the fact that at least one branch of our family was obsessed with writing things down. I currently have more writings by and about our family than I will ever be able to read. From time to time I stumble upon even more. I discovered this poem in the Caddo Herald yesterday while searching for a business ad.
My grandmother Della was not only wise and wonderful, but also warm and kind. I have so many fond memories of visits to her home and happy meals with the family gathered there. Sometimes there were so many people in her little house that we had to sit on the beds or on the living room floor to eat. We didn’t care as long as we were at Mama’s. And it’s funny that I remember little details like her homemade butter and delicious pickles. I also remember her contagious laughter. And today I’m happy to share her wonderful wisdom with you!
February 14, 1947
By Della Springer
I got some good advice one day
By a friend that’s wise and true.
In fact it was so very good
I’m passing it on to you.
Just be yourself, he told me;
Don’t envy others’ fame,
Make most of what you really have
To gain yourself a name.
When God put you upon the earth
It was his blessed will
To reserve for you a spot
That only you can fill.
So check your talents carefully
To find out what they are;
And in your own small private world,
Keep reaching for a star.
Your path may be a lowly one
Or yours a small position;
You may not reach world-wide acclaim
Or gain great recognition.
If you can’t take a higher path
Take one that is more lowly,
As one who walked the earth before,
So gentle and so holy.
You’ll be surprised when you can see
The friends you make and keep;
And what more blessed harvest
Than friendship can you reap?
You may never be a Lincoln,
Or one with fame and wealth;
You’ll live a better, sweeter life
If you’ll simply be yourself.