The quote is from Gandhi.
I found the poem below on a blog, Cha Cha Gigi, which, sadly, seems to have ended last June.
Please read this poem carefully – one line at a time. No skimming or going ahead!! You’ll miss out if you do.
I realize this may be a shock but
'Happiness comes from within'
is a lie;
'Money will make me happy'
So in thirty years I will tell my children
they are not the most important thing in my life.
My employers will know that
I have my priorities straight because
is more important than
I tell you this
Once upon a time
Families stayed together
but this will not be true in my era
this is a quick fix society
Experts tell me
Thirty years from now I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce
I do not concede that
I will live in a country of my own making
In the future
Environmental destruction will be the norm
No longer can it be said that
My peers and I care about this earth
It will be evident that
My generation is apathetic and lethargic
It is foolish to presume that
There is hope.
And all of this will come true unless we choose to reverse it.
--Jonathan Reed, 2007
Now read each line, starting from the last line to the first line (reverse it).
Don’t you love it? Yes, hopelessness can be reversed!!
Your deep thoughts for the day
compliments of Stickhorse Cowgirls…C
P.S. – as a “Wordie,” myself, I admire Mr. Reed’s word agility here almost as much as I admire the sentiment! (How long do you reckon this took him to write?)