What kind of trails do you leave?

Posted: March 1, 2014 in Miscellaneous, Quotes
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“Every person has the power to make others happy.
Some do it simply by entering a room
others by leaving the room.
Some individuals leave trails of gloom;
others, trails of joy.
Some leave trails of hate and bitterness;
others, trails of love and harmony.
Some leave trails of cynicism and pessimism;
others trails of faith and optimism.
Some leave trails of criticism and resignation;
others trails of gratitude and hope.
What kind of trails do you leave?”

~William Arthur Ward


  1. M. R. says:

    Just about to shut down for the evening when you post came in, beautiful Janet.
    LOVELY. Love the concept. Not prepared to judge myself – always dangerous, that.
    Hoo-roo for now …

    • Good morning (here), M.R. Glad you like the post. I would say using it to look at yourself, not judge, and then after looking, either move forward or break your arm patting yourself on the back. 🙂 Hope you slept well. Enjoy your day! One daughter is already here, another flies in (God and weather willing) this afternoon and we’ll celebrate Bill’s birthday together. Hurrah!


      • M. R. says:

        Oh, how absolutely terrific! – are there any more? Just the two? Is the other one as good-looking as Shannon? Will she, too, offer to take you somewhere for a holiday? [grin] What is her name? Do they dote on Bill? Fathers and daughters, you know … But then, in normal households mothers and daughters are close. Just not in mine … Have written about that …

      • Just the two and yes, they’re both good-looking but in completely different ways and styles. Megan’s a poor (parent-supported) art student with two years left after this, so no daughter-financed trips from her. If you want to see some of her work, look on my blog under “Blogs I Like” and there’s a link there. They have a special relationship with each of us, which is as it should be. The one with Bill is really special sometimes. Haha!!

      • M. R. says:

        I shall, with great pleasure! Shannon and Megan … Where does Megan study? – obviously some way away …

      • PAFA. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, first art school in the US and a classical school. She was accepted at Parson’s in Paris and Camberwell in London but chose PAFA because of their program. Pretty mature decision when those other cities were involved!

      • M. R. says:

        Faint possibility of not wanting to be QUITE that far from her family …?
        I do love well-adjusted families – like anything!
        My closest friend in the blogosphere lives in Penn. with his wife whom he’s mad about. Love that, too! 🙂
        Sounds to me as if Megan has a modicum of talent … I shall be watching her space! 😀

      • She’s majoring in print making and it sounds as though they think she has talent. I, of course, know she does. 🙂

      • M. R. says:

        Have just been mindboggled on her site! You’re RIGHT!

      • The site’s way behind because she’s so busy, but…

      • M. R. says:

        I’m amazed she finds a few moments to post something every now and then, frankly! I particularly like both the hyena and the perspective … and I haven’t gone further back than that, and I figure I’d rather travel with her in the present stage of ability – know what I mean…? I’m probably just being precious. :-\

      • I’ll have to tell her you like the hyenas. She thinks they’re really cool but lots of people don’t. She has some things she did when she was between home school high school and going to college full time, at the community college, that were really excellent, too.

      • M. R. says:

        I’ve read some things about hyenas – like their being terrific parents! [grin]

  2. Beautiful and serene combination.

    • Glad you liked it Marion. I hope your weekend’s off to a great start. A bit of snow here and more in the forecast. It’s been a wintery winter and I’m OK with that.


  3. yarnspinnerr says:

    Truly introspective.

  4. Sarah Ann says:

    Thanks for posting this wonderful poem. I’m left wondering which trails I leave, and hoping they’re joyful, happy ones. 🙂

    • I thought it was a good reminder for me to take a look at what I do and the feelings/impressions it leaves. I’m glad you liked it, too Enjoy the weekend and leave lots of good trails. 🙂


  5. gpwsf says:

    What a great poem! It really got me thinking about what kind of life I want to lead. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Amy says:

    That is an inspiring poem. Your beautiful photo makes me think a little more about the trils. Thank you, Janet.

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  8. Hi Janet. I hope you, Bill and family are well. I was just catching up on your posts and I enjoyed myself. The food in the one post made me hungry! Grin. I don’t know how to search for sites, but I haven’t seen anything in my reader posted by Bill. Is he doing okay? Just taking a break from blogging? Huge hugs to your entire family. Belinda

    • Happy Sunday, Belinda. We’re doing well. Bill’s birthday was yesterday, so Shannon drove out for the weekend and since Megan’s home for spring break, we were all here. A good time was had by all. Bill took February off from blogging but he says he’ll think of a post for you. 🙂 Hugs back to you. I’m off to make popcorn for everyone.


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