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Can we stay thankful in this life

I entered DearReader Contest again for this year on last October 2017. Still didn't win, though. But, I'm a bit proud because Suzanne Beecher, who held the contest, said that the quality of the entries this year was amazing--and that she's sincere about that. 
I hope my piece could be featured in her Honorable Mention columns, though : ). But, if it's not, it's also okay.
I would like to congratulate Mr. Herman Martin as the First Place Winner, Ms. Mary Lauck as Second Place winner, and Ms. Ina Massler Levin as the Third Place Winner this year, respectively. And I believe nothing is coincidence, because the topics of shoes and socks were the winners this year.
Well, before reading my entry for that writing contest, I'd like to share some thoughts regarding the contest, in which could be a lesson for myself to write next year and enter the contest again in order to be a winner. These are just my thoughts : ).
From what I have read from the winners' entries of la…
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Because he lugs home serious tomes like The Journal of the American
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Helen Steiner Rice's 10 Commandments

1. Thou shalt be happy
2. Thou shalt use thy talents to make others glad
3. Thou shalt rise above defeat and trouble
4. Thou shalt look upon each day as a new day
5. Thou shalt always do thy best and leave the rest to God
6. Thou shalt not waste thy time and energy in useless worry
7. Thou shalt look only on the bright side of life.
8. Thou shalt not be afraid of tomorrow
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Abt Vogler

Would that the structure brave, the manifold music I build, Bidding my organ obey, calling its keys to their work, Claiming each slave of the sound, at a touch, as when Solomon willed Armies of angels that soar, legions of demons that lurk, Man, brute, reptile, fly,—alien of end and of aim, Adverse, each from the other heaven-high, hell-deep removed,— Should rush into sight at once as he named the ineffable Name, And pile him a palace straight, to pleasure the princess he loved!
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Got this poem from Joanna Davidson Politano's website

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Perhaps this poem could also touch someone like you, or us.

Cranky Old Man
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Pdt. Russell H. Conwell yang kebetulan lewat menanyakan mengapa dia menangis.
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