Treasure Island

Stephen Katona

(26th November 1970 / Manchester, UK)

Giving Time


The best way to live,
Is to try to give.
Leave behind your greed,
To truly succeed.

Give an instant,
And be not so distant,
With a sunny smile,
For a little while,
Such a valuable gift,
Provides spirits a lift.

Give a minute,
If that's your limit,
To help another,
Like a devoted mother.
It shouldn't be rare,
When people dare,
To help those in need,
With a kindly deed.

Give an hour,
It's within your power.
Sit with a friend and laugh,
At an old photograph,
Of how your time began.
Share an exciting plan.
Pour sun on your future,
Close the wound with a suture.

Give a day,
Fill it with play.
Know a stranger well,
Bring them out of their shell.
Make it your mission,
To truly listen.
Showing genuine interest,
Is really simplest.

Spend your time
Helping others climb.

Submitted: Friday, May 30, 2014
Edited: Friday, May 30, 2014

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  • Valsa George (8/7/2014 5:02:00 AM)

    If we are able to follow any one of these simple tips, no doubt it is going to make our life much more rewarding!

    Make it your mission,
    To truly listen.
    Showing genuine interest,
    Is really simplest.

    Love these lines the best! Yes, there are many who long to share their yearnings and pains with someone! Lend them an ear.... it costs you nothing! Very inspirational ! (Report) Reply

  • F. J. Thomas (8/5/2014 11:45:00 AM)

    A beautiful way to inspire others to be less selfish Stephen. Very nice :) (Report) Reply

    Stephen Katona (8/5/2014 2:08:00 PM)

    Thank you, I hope it does. I often think of this poem when I see people helping others. The world becomes a more beautiful place when you see how much giving is going on.

  • * Sunprincess * (6/22/2014 3:56:00 PM)

    ............i am sure helping others is what life's all about....enjoyed this write... (Report) Reply

    Stephen Katona (6/22/2014 8:56:00 PM)

    Thank you Sunprincess. Helping others helps us feel happier as well.

  • Susy Evelyne (6/17/2014 9:39:00 AM)

    This is a gem I'm glad I found. Like a gem it has clarity, stays true and has sparkle! Cliches aside, it's well written and has a message for us all. Well done. (Report) Reply

    Stephen Katona (6/17/2014 11:57:00 AM)

    Thank you Susy, you've made my day with your gift.

  • Hazel Durham (6/8/2014 3:54:00 PM)

    Love this inspired write, to use our time to be kind and helpful, brings a ray of sunshine into our lives and the people around us!
    Beautiful poem with wonderful rhythm and flow! (Report) Reply

    Stephen Katona (6/13/2014 1:51:00 AM)

    Thank you Hazel so much for giving me some of your time with your kind words.

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