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How to Be a Role Model to the World

John is a contemporary poet who uses the rhyming styles of the classics to discuss current issues.

Be the Change You Want

I hope this poem inspires and encourages people to be the change they want in the world. To treat everyone with love and respect (no matter what their race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or political persuasion), to fight against greed and corruption, and always think positive no matter how hard the situation confronting them.


This may seem too simple a strategy to change the world, but if everyone really strives to live their lives this way rather than just giving it "lip service" then we can really turn things around.

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How to Be a Role Model to the World

Every day's a new beginning,

Don't dwell upon the past.

Yesterday has been and gone,

Life moves on so fast.


Who knows what tomorrow holds,

But expect the very best.

Even if it turns out bad,

Just see it as a test.

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Approach each situation

As a lesson to be learned,

Then put the past behind you

As bridges you have burned.


Treat your neighbors with respect,

Don't judge or put them down.

Greet everybody with a smile,

There's no need for a frown.

Try to see the positives,

And make sure to laugh each day.

Of course some things will make us sad,

But wipe those tears away.


Love your family and your friends,

Help anyone in need.

Donate what you have to spare,

Don't base your life on greed.

No one's perfect all the time,

But we all know right from wrong.

Whenever you are feeling down

Just sing your favorite song.


Pray for health and happiness,

That's all you need in life.

If everybody has those things

It will free the world of strife.

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© 2016 John Hansen

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