I Know Something Good About You

Wouldn’t this old world be better
     If the folks we meet would say –
“I know something good about you!”
     And treat us just that way?
 
Wouldn’t it be fine and dandy
     If each handclasp, fond and true,
Carried with it this assurance –
      “I know something good about you!”
 
Wouldn’t life be lots more happy
     If the good that’s in us all
Were the only thing about us
     That folks bothered to recall?
 
Wouldn’t life be lots more happy
     If we praised the good we see?
For there’s such a lot of goodness
     In the worst of you and me!
 
Wouldn’t it be nice to practice
     That fine way of thinking, too?
You know something good about me,
     I know something good about you?
 
-Louis C. Shimon (1935)

This poem was found in the wallet of my grandfather, Walter Pearson McCarthy, when he died in 1977.

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