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Your May Inspiration

May is a good month for endings and beginnings. School ends, the break begins. Spring winds down, and Summer gears up to play. And seniors graduate only to prepare for the rest of their lives. I don’t know how many of you out there are graduating this month, but I have just the poem to pump you up and energize you to begin the rest of your life.

I first heard it in the fifth grade when my class took a field trip to the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Missouri. They played a recording of him reciting this poem during his commencement address at Selma University, Selma Alabama on May 27, 1942. And it’s stuck with me ever since.

I hope it sticks with you as well and inspires you to use your equipment wisely. Have a great May.


Figure it out for yourself, my lad,
You've all that the greatest of men have had,
Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes
And a brain to use if you would be wise.
With this equipment they all began,
So start for the top and say, "I can."

Look them over, the wise and great
They take their food from a common plate,
And similar knives and forks they use,
With similar laces they tie their shoes.
The world considers them brave and smart,
But you've all they had when they made their start.

You can triumph and come to skill,
You can be great if you only will.
You're well equipped for what fight you choose,
You have legs and arms and a brain to use,
And the man who has risen great deeds to do
Began his life with no more than you.

You are the handicap you must face,
You are the one who must choose your place,
You must say where you want to go,
How much you will study the truth to know.
God has equipped you for life, but He
Lets you decide what you want to be.

Courage must come from the soul within,
The man must furnish the will to win.
So figure it out for yourself, my lad.
You were born with all that the great have had,
With your equipment they all began,
Get hold of yourself and say: "I can."

--Edgar A. Guest