Mom had some framed artwork with a piece called Today on it. I presume it was lost in the 1993 fire, like 99.9999% of this kind of thing I ever think of. I liked it. It took a step or two down the path of glurge, but it was somber enough not to bother me too much in that vein.
I didn’t remember it all, but I remembered that the last line was “Speak it still once again,” and that seemed distinctive enough to lead me right to it on Google.
And so it was. Here it is:
Mend a quarrel. Search out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a love letter. Share some treasure. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in a word or deed.
Keep a promise. Find the time. Forego a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen. Apologize if you were wrong. Try to understand. Flout envy. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Appreciate. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more.
Deserve confidence. Take up arms against malice. Decry complacency. Express your gratitude. Worship your God. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love. Speak it again. Speak it still again. Speak it still once again.