Each verse on this page has touched my life in one way or another, as a memory to keep tucked away or, as some form of advice that I felt was right for me at the time. I am glad that I can share them with you here in this forum. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

The very first one a gift from my mother:
Life is only froth and bubbles,
two things stand as stone.
Kindness in others troubles,
and courage in your own.
~ Adam Lindsay Gordon

Little girls bible

Written inside a bible given to me by my mother when I was eight years old. To which she added, “Please little one”. The bible was my birthday present that year.

The Don’t Quit Poem ~ Author unknown
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, 
when the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, 
when the funds are low and the debts are high, 
and you want to smile, but you have to sigh, 
when care is pressing you down a bit, 
rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Road-closed-2Life is queer with its twists and turns, 
As every one of us sometimes learns, 
And many a failure turns about, 
When he might have won had he stuck it out; 
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow– 
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than, 
It seems to a faint and faltering man, 
Often the struggler has given up, 
When he might have captured the victor’s cup, 
And he learned too late when the night slipped down, 
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out– 
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, 
And you never can tell how close you are, 
It may be near when it seems so far, 
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit– 
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

My mother kept this by her bedside in a small frame; it had been printed in the newspaper and obviously struck a chord with her at some point. I now have that framed copy of this poem. Many people over the years have laid claim to having written this poem, the truth is the author is unknown.

I Promise Myself ~ Christian D. Larsen
To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind. 
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person I meet.
To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything, and make my optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best. 
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. 
To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature I meet. 
To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others. 
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. 
To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds.
To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me. 

Desiderata ~ Max Ehrmann (1872 to 1945)
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, 
and remember what peace there may be in silence. 
desiderataAs far as possible, without surrender, 
be on good terms with all persons. 
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; 
and listen to others, 
even to the dull and the ignorant; 
they too have their story. 
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; 
they are vexatious to the spirit. 
If you compare yourself with others, 
you may become vain or bitter, 
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. 
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. 
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; 
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. 
Exercise caution in your business affairs, 
for the world is full of trickery. 
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; 
many persons strive for high ideals, 
and everywhere life is full of heroism. 
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love, 
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, 
it is as perennial as the grass. 
Take kindly the counsel of the years, 
gracefully surrendering the things of youth. 
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. 
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. 
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. 
LifestylesBeyond a wholesome discipline, 
be gentle with yourself. 
You are a child of the universe 
no less than the trees and the stars; 
you have a right to be here. 
And whether or not it is clear to you, 
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. 
Therefore be at peace with God, 
whatever you conceive Him to be. 
And whatever your labors and aspirations, 
in the noisy confusion of life, 
keep peace in your soul. 
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, 
it is still a beautiful world. 
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

24 Things to Always Remember and One Thing to Never Forget ~ Collin McCarty
Your presence is a present to the world.
You’re unique and one of a kind.
Your life can be what you want it to be.
Take the days just one at a time.
count your blessings
Count your blessings, not your troubles.
You’ll make it through whatever comes along.
Within you are so many answers.
Understand, have courage, be strong.

Don’t put limits on yourself.
So many dreams are waiting to be realised.
Decisions are too important to leave to chance.
Reach for your peak, your goal, your prize.

Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.
The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets.
Don’t take things too seriously.
Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.

Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot goes forever.
Remember that friendship is a wise investment.
Life’s treasures are people together.

Realise that it’s never too late.
Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
Have health and hope and happiness.
Take the time to wish upon a star.

And don’t ever forget…
for even a day…
how very special you are.

1000 Marbles ~ Unknown

Warning! This story will touch your heart in a way you won’t believe possible! It may leave you with a mix of tears, goose bumps, and an urgency to acquire a jar and some marbles…

The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it’s the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it’s the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.

A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the kitchen with a steaming cup. What began as a typical Saturday morning turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it.

I turned the volume up on my radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning talk show. I heard an older sounding chap with a golden voice. You know the kind, he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business himself. He was talking about a thousand marbles to someone named Tom.

I was intrigued, so I sat down to listen to what he had to say. Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you’re busy with your job. I’m sure they pay you well, but it’s a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. Too bad you missed your daughter’s dance recital. He continued, “Let me tell you something Tom, something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities.” And that’s when he began to explain his theory of a thousand marbles.

You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years. Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900 which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime.

Now stick with me Tom, I’m getting to the important part. It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail , he went on, and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy.

jar of marblesSo I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round-up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic container, right here in my workshop next to the radio. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life.

There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight. Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time. It was nice to talk to you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your loved ones, and I hope to meet you again someday.

Have a good morning!

You could have heard a pin drop when he finished. Even the shows moderator didn’t have anything to say for a few moments. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about.

I had planned to do some work that morning, and then go to the gym. Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. C’mon honey, I’m taking you and the kids out to breakfast.

What brought this on? She asked with a smile. Oh, nothing special, it’s just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. Hey, can we stop at a toy store while we’re out? I need to buy some marbles.


Breakfast with family

I heard this many years ago, shortly after I had an experience at work. A special event was taking place in the region and of course everyone at work had children who would be in this event. I had three, each doing something different at different times. As I was only a casual at the time, I wasn’t given any choice as to which child I chose to see at the event, we were given time off in half hour blocks which was supposed to be enough time to drive to the location, find a park, walk to the event, watch your little ones for ten minutes and then return to work. Even though I was bitterly disappointed by the outcome, I did enjoy the small amount of time that I spent there watching my children.

It was a bitter sweet pill the next morning when I fronted to work and was advised that my services were no longer required. I swore that never again put work before my children. 1000 marbles taught me that every moment of your life is precious, make the best of it.

The Clock Of Life

clock of lifeThe clock of life is wound but once
And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
On what day – or what hour.

Now is the only time you have
So live it with a will
Don’t wait until tomorrow
The hands may then be still.

Too many people take each day for granted, putting off today what they say they can do tomorrow. They believe that when they go to sleep tonight, that they will see the dawn. Will you be here tomorrow? This is a question that I have asked myself many times in my life. I have faced death on several occasions and have a unique understanding of just how precious every day is. Carpe Diem! (Seize the day)

Everyone’s free to wear sunscreen ~ Baz Luhrmann
Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99, if I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience … I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh never mind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked….You’re not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you


Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.


Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s. Enjoy your body, use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own..

Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents; you never know when they’ll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.


Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you’re 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen…

This song came along just after my parents had died. It was a time in my life of much reflection. I listened to the words and found the secrets to life, which I had pretty much known anyway, I just needed them reinforced. I hope that you get the same inspiration from it.

Live your life
So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. 
Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. 

Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. 
Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. 

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, 
even a stranger, when in a lonely place. 

Show respect to all people and grovel to none. 

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. 
If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. 
Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools 
and robs the spirit of its vision. 

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled 
with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep 
and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. 

Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.


Tecumtha also known as Chief Tecumseh (Crouching Tiger) 
Shawnee Nation 

Reason, Season, Lifetime – Unknown

People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed or just felt. They have come to assist you through a hard time, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. Then, suddenly, the person disappears from your life. Your need has been met; their work is done.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share or grow or give back. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They give you great joy. Believe it; it is real. But only for a season.

Lifetime relationships teach you lifetime lessons—things you must build upon to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all your other relationships.

Think about the people in your life over the years. Whether they were there for a reason, a season or a lifetime, accept them and treasure them for however long they were meant to be part of your life.

And when they are gone, be thankful for the gifts you received from them when they were here—for a reason, a season or a lifetime.


First of all – forget statistics. I am giving them the due reverence that I gave them during my working life. NONE. To me they are a bunch of numbers that can be manipulated to suit the person/s presenting them. We are all individuals following our own paths and no numbers are going to change what our individual life journeys are going to be.
More importantly, no matter what – WE HAVE TIME.

We have time to:

• Hug our loved ones
• Celebrate milestones
• Go out for breakfast / lunch / dinner again
• Have a picnic in the park
• Enjoy a new movie
• Listen to children laughing
• Watch the grass grow – if we want to
• Go shopping (for shoes if you have to)
• Enjoy the company of our friends
• Say Good Bye when the time comes

There are many who do not have this opportunity.

• A friend’s brother was watching TV with his young daughter. Stood up to go and make a cuppa, when he had a massive brain seizure and was dead in seconds.
• Steve Irwin went swimming with stingrays, had a freak accident and didn’t survive.
• Peter Brock lost control of his car & didn’t survive.

These are just 3 people who didn’t have the opportunity to say goodbye, give their loved ones special hugs, and to cherish every moment of their lives, as they didn’t know that their life journeys were about to end.

While none of us know when our lives will come to an end (with or without cancer), being diagnosed with Breast Cancer has been a revelation for me as now I am cherishing every moment (even the yukky ones). Before I just took them for granted.

In some ways I have been given a gift.

I am planning simple things, like:
• Lunch with friends at Caloundra
• Picnic in the park
• Going to see Twilight, followed by dinner with friends
• Going on a cruise (maybe not so simple)
• A craft day with the girls
• Dinner at Bollywood (Best Indian food in Brisbane @ Warner)
• Taking the dogs for a walk on the beach and just sitting (under umbrella) – watching the waves & children play.
• Vegging out and watching soppy movies with a glass of champagne.

So while the cards we have been dealt are scary, we have been given the opportunity to recognise and really enjoy the people and things around us.

Laugh Lots and Cry if you have to.

Robyn L Crago