Ten years ago this coming summer, I graduated from high school and moved 2,000 miles away from home to begin college. That first year away from home was rough on my heart. I deeply missed my family and friends, and I felt overwhelmed by the heaviness of the looming future. Sometime during that first year away from home, I came across a poem called “Steps to Happiness.” I don’t know who wrote the poem but the message resonated deeply with my heart. I printed out a copy of the poem and put it in a purple frame that resided on my desk throughout my college years. I’ve since lost that framed copy, and until a couple months ago, I had forgotten about the poem entirely.
About two months ago, I came across this poem again on the internet. As the poem did nine years ago, it lifted my spirits and brought perspective in a time when I needed it. Today I share that poem with you in the hopes that it will bring you strength as it has for me.
Steps to Happiness
You can’t be all things to all people.
You can’t do all things at once.
You can’t do all things equally well.
You can’t do all things better than everyone else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else’s.
You have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first, and do that.
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others, because no one else is in the contest of “being you”.
You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due. And you’ll be a most vital mortal.
That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all history event.
That it’s more than a right, it’s your duty, to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish. And you’ll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.
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