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I Hope in Your Lifetime

“I Hope in Your Lifetime” by Joan Y. Edwards

Carl and Joan Edwards

In my lifetime, I’ve met people who believe in me, thank me, accept me as I am, empower me to meet my goals, love me without any conditions, and live, laugh, and cry with me. These people leave me feeling better because I know them.

My husband, Carl L. Edwards is one of those people for me. Thank you, Carl. Happy Father’s Day!

The poem below is one I wrote to honor Carl and to spread good wishes for you.

I Hope in Your Lifetime

by Joan Y. Edwards

I hope in your lifetime

that you meet someone who:

Thanks you.

Believes in you.

Accepts you as you are.

Empowers you to meet your goals.

Loves you without conditions.

Lives, laughs, and cries with you.

Leaves you feeling better because you know him.

When you do:

Thank him.

Believe in him.

Accept him as he is.

Empower him to meet his goals.

Love him without conditions.

Live, laugh, and cry with him.

Leave him feeling better because he knows you.

Love is an eternal gift.

It keeps on giving forever.

What goes around, comes around.

You reap what you sow.

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you enjoyed this poem.

Please leave a comment. I’d like to know what you think. Thanks.

Copyright © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards


12 Responses

  1. Thanks for the beautiful poem, Joan.
    I hope I thanked my husband enough. He was a wonderful man and a wonderful father.


    • Dear Barbara,
      You are welcome for the poem. I’m glad you liked it. I’m sure you thanked your husband enough. You can thank him now. You can say it out loud. You can write it in a letter. You can write a story in his memory. His spirit will hear you and rejoice! You will feel much better. This will erase your doubt. It will fill you with love.
      Thanks for writing! It’s always good to hear from you.


  2. Joan,
    Wow! I hope you’ll share this blog post with Carl as well. What a terrific way to honor him for his love, encouragement, and support. Do you know the Mother Teresa quote: “Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier.” It is a quote I used to have framed in my office at work. Now, I use it as part of my definition of customer service. It belive it applies in all settings and situations. This is the stuff you speak of in your poem. Loved it!


    • Dear Linda, Thanks for writing. I’m glad you liked it. I read it to Carl and asked him if he would give me permission to post it on my blog. He said, “Yes.” Wasn’t that sweet of him? I’m not familiar with the Mother Teresa quote: “Let no one come to you without leaving them better and happier.” I’m glad it’s helped you with your definition of customer service. All of the people you serve at the library and any where you work are indeed blessed by your presence. I’m sure you leave them better off and a lot happier. Everyone I’ve seen you interact is indeed better for knowing you. You are friendly, outgoing, caring, and are willing to help when you can. What a gift you are! Smile Giggle Laugh Joan Flip Flap Floodle on Amazon


  3. Joan,
    Such a beautiful tribute to Carl. You are indeed a blessed woman! And I am blessed to have you in my life.
    Much love to you!


    • Dear Ann, Thanks for writing. I’m glad that you liked the poem and thought it was a wonderful tribute to Carl. I love you and feel honored to know you. I can’t wait to watch “Hiding Carly” on the screen with you.

      Smile Giggle Laugh Joan Y. Edwards Flip Flap Floodle on Amazon


  4. I understand how blessed you feel, Joan. My Handsome Devil is one in a million and I thank him frequently. Sarah


    • Dear Sarah, Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you understand how blessed I feel. I’m also glad that God gifted you with one in a million!

      Celebrate you today. Smile Giggle Laugh Joan Y. Edwards Flip Flap Floodle on Amazon


  5. You both look so impressive in those hats … lovely heartfelt poem … nicely done.


    • Dear Widdershins, Whoa! Impressive. Thank you very much for that compliment. I printed him out a copy of the poem with our picture on it. He was proud that I wanted to share how sweet he was with everyone. Thank you for writing. I hope everything is going well with you and your writing. Do something fun to celebrate you!

      Smile Giggle Laugh Joan Flip Flap Floodle on Amazon


  6. Really lovely tribute. I love reading about true love. Thank you


    • Dear Susan,
      Thank you for writing. Thank you for the compliment about my poem tribute to my husband. I hope that loving relationships surround you wherever you go and empower you to be your true self. Celebrate you and those you love.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


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