So much of what we do in life is insignificant.
So many things that we think are so important,
End up being meaningless when we step back and look.
So step forward and look into the microscope;
Examine your life and your intentions.

If you feel that things are out of sync
Then change them, change something.
Often, change is what we fear the most
When in reality, it is the best thing for us.

Don’t ask life to come to you,
Ask life to catch up with you.
Don’t wait for miracles,
Create and design your own.

Don’t hold out for other people’s approval,
March right past them.
Knowing that as long as you do what is right for you, for your heart,
No one else’s approval matters.

Don’t sit on the sidelines and be a spectator,
Get in the game and participate.
And if you lose, you will have learned something,
Even if it was at the expense of your pride.

Don’t allow anyone to judge you,
Harsher then you would judge yourself.
For negative criticism has a nasty way of
Picking at your soul and damaging your self-worth.

Don’t wait around for things to happen,
But don’t rush them either.
Push the world at a pace,
That makes you comfortable.

Remember the saying,
Sometimes when you hold out for everything,
You end up with nothing.
Don’t permit that to happen to you.

And most of all, remind yourself,
That this life was given to you on a blank piece of expensive canvas.
It is up to you to paint your picture,
As bright and as colorful as possible, or as muted and quiet as you desire.

Do with it what you want,
Compromise only when you feel necessary,
And be proud of what you have painted.
It will be your greatest legacy.

-Unknown author-


  1. chackochan said,

    March 27, 2006 at 6:01 pm

    now a days when i read something like this i feel all of them are for me only ………. 🙁 …

  2. James Bright said,

    March 27, 2006 at 8:46 pm

    Very beautiful poem.
    I wish you had written these lines, Alexis.

  3. Quills said,

    March 27, 2006 at 10:20 pm

    A real meaningful poem and thank you for sharing it. 🙂

  4. Jo said,

    March 28, 2006 at 12:06 am

    Beautifully written! and is this anonymous poet named Alexis Leon??

  5. venus said,

    March 28, 2006 at 6:52 am

    very beautiful, and inspirational poem Alex!
    This is going to be one of my cubicle wall posts at new job 🙂

  6. silverine said,

    March 28, 2006 at 8:31 am

    Every time I need a message it pops up at the most unlikeliest of places. This time it’s this poem on your blog. Just reminded me of the principles I have tried to live life by….Thanks Alexis for this poem which says a thousand words in these few lines.

  7. Alexis Leon said,

    March 28, 2006 at 10:25 am

    Chackochan: 😉

    James Bright: I wish I had. But you are the poet. But these days you are not posting any poems.

    Quills: You are always welcome…

    Jo: No the poet remains anonymous. I have searched the Web but could find neither the poem nor the poet’s name.

    Venus: All the best for the new job.

    Silverine: That’s serendipity 🙂

  8. James Bright said,

    March 28, 2006 at 4:24 pm

    Alexis, I have a blog exclusevely for poems.

    I am trying to put all my stupid poems there!

  9. Dhanush said,

    March 28, 2006 at 5:10 pm

    Beautiful. I liked this.

    “Don’t ask life to come to you,
    Ask life to catch up with you.
    Don’t wait for miracles,
    Create and design your own.”

    Waiting to create one on mywon 🙂

  10. mind curry said,

    March 28, 2006 at 5:40 pm

    amazing stuff al..simple lessons for life. i am inspired.

  11. Alexis Leon said,

    March 28, 2006 at 7:46 pm

    James: I had seen your poem site as in your initial comments, you had given that URL. But when you started giving your Blogger site, I thought you had stopped writing there and are posting only at the Blogger site. So stopped checking there.

    You have a very nice collection of poems there. Congratulations. Now I will visit regularly.

    Dhanush: Thank you. It is a nice poem.

    Mind curry: Me too…

  12. maya cassis said,

    April 1, 2006 at 1:16 am

    awesome poem and truly charging with a whole lot of meaning to it.everyone is afraid of change including is difficult to change over and walk away from your comfort takes a lot of dedication,faith and hard work.
    hoping that a few years down the line everything changes for the best:))