A little song, a good poem, a fine picture, and a few reasonable words...

"One ought, every day at least to hear a little song, 
read a good poem, 
see a fine picture, 
and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Patsy Clairmont posted that quote on her FB page earlier this week, and when I read it I thought, this is a to-do list I can embrace. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was not a Christian, but if framed by the guidelines of Philippians 4:8...

"...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." ~ Philippians 4:8
...I think it makes an excellent journal prompt, don't you? 

It's the Fourth of July, so... 

...a little song: "Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa, performed by the United States Marine Band. Really cool website, by the way.

...a good poem: "A Patriotic Creed" by Edgar Guest 

 ...a fine picture: "George Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze 

 ...a few reasonable words: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...." from The Declaration of Independence