Today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present……

Eleanor Roosevelt’s poem ‘Today is a gift. That’s why they call it present’. It imparts wisdom about life and relationships. It reminds us of the nature of people coming and going, highlighting the significance of true friends who etch lasting imprints on our hearts. The poem encourages a thoughtful approach to managing oneself and others, emphasising the power of kindness over anger. It offers a perspective on personal responsibility when dealing with betrayals and the importance of focusing on meaningful ideas rather than superficial matters. The words about loss, friendship, and faith remind us of the priceless value of genuine connections and trust. Eleanor’s reflection on aging beautifully portrays the grace that comes with growing old. Ultimately, the poem underscores the importance of learning from the experiences of others and cherishing the present moment, appreciating the gift of today and the enduring bonds of friendship that define our lives. It’s a timeless reminder of the significance of genuine connections and the beauty of each passing moment.

Many people will walk in and out of your life;
but only true friends leave footprints in your heart.
To handle yourself, use your head;
to handle others, use your heart.
Anger is only one letter short of danger.
If someone betrays you once, it is his fault;
if he betrays you twice, it is your fault.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events;
small minds discuss people. He who loses money, loses much;
he who loses a friend, loses much more; he who loses faith, loses all.
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,
but beautiful old people are works of art.
Learn from the mistakes of others.
You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.
Friends, you and me. . . you brought another friend. . .
and then there were three. . .
we started our group. . .
our circle of friends. . .
and like that circle. . .
there is no beginning or end. . .
yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.    Today is a gift.
That is why they call it the present.
                                                                          -Eleanor Roosevelt


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