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Lifting or Leaning?

I came across this poem again today thanks to John Maxwell’s mother and had to share it with you. And, the more I ponder it, the more true I believe it to be.


"There are just two kinds of people on earth today,

Just two kinds of people, no more, I say.

Not the good and the bad, for ‘tis well understood,

That the good are half-bad and the bad are half-good.

No! The two kinds of people on earth I mean,

Are the people who lift and the people who lean."

- Ella Wheeler Wilcox


“Bad” people don’t set out to be bad, bad consequences are merely a symptom of leaning. Leaning weighs heavy on others, does not accept the consequences of our actions, does not create or contribute. If we’re not lifting, we’re likely leaning. A lot or a little, regardless, we’re not lifting.


In any capacity of life, lifting is hard. Lifting is sweaty. Lifting is dirty. Lifting is “uphill” work. It’s tiring. It’s frustrating. It’s committal. It’s vulnerable. It’s risky. It’s sacrificial. But it’s both beneficial and rewarding.


Today, channel your energies, time, and gifts to help lift something, somewhere, for someone. And maybe extend grace to someone whom you may now recognize not as "bad" but simply "leaning".



Live well this week,

- Sean & the Northstar Tribe



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