The Curious Case Of ….
….. Have you earned your tomorrows?
|How curious are you as a person? |
Don’t confuse ‘curiousness’ as being nosey as there is a huge difference between the two …. See Episode 1 for the introduction to this series.
Have you ever read the charming poem by Edgar Guest titled “Have You Earned Your Tomorrow ….?
|“Have You Earned Your Tomorrow”|
Is anybody happier because you passed his way?
Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today?
This day is almost over, and its toiling time is through;
Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you?
Did you give a cheerful greeting to the friend who came along?
Or a churlish sort of “Howdy” and then vanish in the throng?
Were you selfish pure and simple as you rushed along the way,
Or is someone mighty grateful for a deed you did today?
Can you say tonight, in parting with the day that’s slipping fast,
That you helped a single brother of the many that you passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said;
Does a man whose hopes were fading now with courage look ahead?
Did you waste the day, or lose it, was it well or sorely spent?
Did you leave a trail of kindness or a scar of discontent?
As you close your eyes in slumber do you think that God would say,
You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today?
I heard an interesting tidbit on my travels through town the other day – you know me – at times l am all ears – and it struck me as quite profound – it wasn’t have you earned your tomorrow, it was more distinct than that – it was a heated conversation between an eco orientated leaflet distributor [there are a few in town currently] and a bystander who judging by his colourful language was not best impressed by the environmental discussion!
But the eco guy asked the non eco guy, ‘Have you earned your place on this planet yet and if so how?”
At the time l was in a card shop browsing designs and as Sandwich has some very narrow streets it’s not hard to hear conversations on the other side of the road, because the roads mostly here are only about 15 feet wide and many are not that. The card shop sits on a street that is a one way system that only measures 9 feet wide and has 4 feet in pavement [sidewalk] or 2 feet on either side of the road.
Voice carries in Sandwich even whispers .. so it wasn’t hard to NOT hear the conversation! So whilst browsing cards, l listened in and heard that question – what have you done? Have you earned your place on the planet and that made me think of Edgar’s poem ‘Have You Earned Your Tomorrow’.
Which means in layman’s terms what have you done to inspire or improve the life of another person, another human being? It always comes down to us to improve our lives ….. but of course that was the tomorrow explantion – the non eco guy when asked this question sputtered and spluttered and threw even more obscenities at the eco guy and shouted “It’s none of your effing business what l have done, l deserve to live on the planet, what have you done!?” After that he stormed and stomped off!
So, it did make me think, and it aroused my curiosity enough to warrant this post ..
Do we? Have we? Should we still be on this planet considering the untold damage we have done for and to ourselves and future generations of ourselves?
In my opinion, simply put . no we as global societies] haven’t earned our place for the planet, although many have more than earned their place for the tomorrows … but we are here now, and our job is to improve on the faults we have created.
I do what l can and what l have available to me to work with, l donate to worthwhile charities monthly, l recycle and upcyle where possible to reduce my waste, l donate to charities in other ways than monetary so as to help others physically – as in – not throw away things pointlessly, l conserve energy and resources as best as l am able to, l garden and compost and try to grow my own for the table, l don’t use chemicals anywhere in the house only organic products, l try to stay abreast of current climates and news on the environmental front and so try to be as informed as l can be, l sign petitions to help when l can in areas that l am passionate about politically and where l can l always try to eat sustainably.
How about you?
I am curious to know …… Have you earned your place on this planet yet and if so how?”