Once We Believe In Ourselves—

Quotes and Notes # 306, September 6

Can you see the elf man?

Can you see the elf man?

“I met a little elf man once, down where the lilies blow.
I asked him why he was so small and why he didn’t grow.
He slightly frowned and with his eye he looked me through and through.
“I’m quite as big for me,” said he, “as you are big for you.”—John Kendrick Bangs—

  • The elf man believed in himself. He had nothing to prove. That’s lesson number one.
  • We must accept others for who they are. That’s lesson number two.
  • If you have self-confidence, you can follow the example of the elf man and see that, on any level, you are quite as good a person as anyone else. Lesson number three.

E.E. Cummings said it well:
“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”—E.E. Cummings—

Today, share a smile with an elf man
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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