"Before I Go"

When my life has reached its very end,
And I take that final breath;
I want to know I've left behind,
Some "good" before my death. 
I hope that in my final hour,
In all honesty I can say:
That somewhere in my lifetime,
I have brightened someone's day.

That maybe I have brought a smile 
To someone else's face,
And made one moment a little sweeter 
While they dwelled here in this place. 

Lord, please be my reminder 
And whisper softly in my ear ...
To be a "giver," not a "taker,"
In the years I have left here. 

Give to me the strength I need,
Open up my mind and my soul . . .
That I might show sincere compassion,
And love to others before I go.

For if not a heart be touched by me,
And not a smile was left behind . . .
Then the life that I am blessed with,
Will have been a waste of time. 

With all my heart, I truly hope
To leave something here on earth . . .
That touched another, made them smile 
And gave to my life . . . worth.

(Author Unknown) 

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