Posted in Motivation, Positive Thinking, Self Improvement


Sara Teasdale

Each Friday I will try to share what helps motivate me.

Today I am sharing a poem that I discovered in high school and it is something that I love. I have used it many times throughout my life.  I think about it often so it is something that has positively motivated me many times.

Barter by Sara Teasdale, 1884 – 1933

Life has loveliness to sell,

All beautiful and splendid things,

Blue waves whitened on a cliff,

Soaring fire that sways and sings,

And children’s faces looking up

Holding wonder in a cup.

Life has loveliness to sell,

Music like a curve of gold,

Scent of pine trees in the rain,

Eyes that love you, arms that hold,

And for your spirit’s still delight,

Holy thoughts that star the night.

Spend all you have for loveliness,

Buy it and never count the cost;

For one white singing hour of peace

Count many a year of strife well lost,

And for a breath of ecstasy

Give all you have been or could be.

There are many interpretations of this poem. What is your take ? What would you spend for one singing hour of peace or a breath of ecstasy ?