Some seem to think they can capture our attention by being contentious or corrosive. Let us give our attention instead to those who are encouraging and cooperative.

If we allow ourselves to be engaged by the ostentatiously aggressive, we allow pretenders to dictate the agenda and manipulate our thoughts and feelings

Instead of being hooked, let us choose to be amused or unmoved; let us look for inspiration and simply let the rest go.

We must give our time the respect it deserves there is too much to be done to waste time and energy feeding other’s egos or their craving for attention.

We need to focus on what truly matters, and invest our energies in making this fragile, fractured country a better place for all and a greater force for good in an imperiled and crowded world.

Let us concentrate on the best possibilities, not on the gaudiest self-promoters.

Let us give our attention, our effort, our money, and our hearts to life’s finest causes and its best, most bountiful opportunities.

We’re embedded in a universe that is fraught with fascinating potentialities and frightening eventualities. While there is clearly danger, there is also the indisputable, substantive possibility of value and beneficence.

We can live each moment of every day with meaningful, authentic commitment to productiveness, or we can squander our time and energy in obsessing over the bizarre and the brazen.

There’s no need to settle for fallacious, superficial limitations on what can or should be done.

There is no need to lose the sense and sight of what matters. We and those we love deserve the real thing; we and they deserve the best things attainable.

Let us choose to live each and every day with a perceptiveness and persistence that ensures we and all we hold dear have the highest possible prospect to live in the finer and fairer world that awaits our authentic dedication and our diligent efforts.

© 2012, Larry Conley. All rights reserved.

Larry Conley (36 Posts)

I am a veteran of the U. S. Army. My good fortune is to be married to a wonderful woman and have two remarkable twin sons who are making their way in the world. I taught civics in a Pittsburgh area middle school. I am a cat and dog lover.


  1. Wow. A lot of truth here to ponder. :) Well said.

    • Larry Conley (Author)

      Thanks Dani!

      I took some poetic license by categorizing it as poetry, but it not truly an essay. I guess it may be “free verse” or some such.

      Thanks again,


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