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Living Our Values: A poem for loved ones

Marjorie Fey Farris, 73, of Richmond wrote a poem to share her values and inspiration with her loved ones.
Marjorie Fey Farris, 73, of Richmond wrote a poem to share her values and inspiration with her loved ones. © Mark Cornelison

If you loved me,

plant a tree,

watch a sunset,

wake early in the morning and listen to the birds,

create something pretty in your home.

If you loved me,

play with your dog,

cuddle a cat,

help an elderly neighbor,

smile at a child.

If you loved me,

don't be afraid to try something different,

learn something new every day,

speak up for what is right,

don't let a derogative slur go unanswered.

If you loved me,

listen to someone's sad story,

open your heart to someone who looks different,

celebrate diversity,

promote fairness in everything.

If you loved me,

warm yourself with the love of friends,

enjoy solitude when you find it,

seek your place in the universe,

appreciate what you receive,

and give more than you get.

If you loved me,

keep count only of good things,

let go of hurt,

reach out and give a helping hand,

laugh at yourself.

If you loved me,

love yourself because you are the greatest gift you will ever have.

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