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The Return of Goodness
by Juanita Pittman-Brown
07/27/06
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REVISED VERSION OF THE RETURN OF GOODNESS:

In 2006, I was invited to speak at my alma mater, Clinton High School, in Clinton, S.C. I shared about my life and my book, “Words in Bloom”. Also, I had the grand pleasure of presenting a copy of my book to my eighth-grade school teacher; and I gave a copy of my book to the Resource Center at the school. I wrote my first poem in 1959 in Mrs. Young’s class.

After sharing my thoughts about my work, a young man by the name of Bates Adair came over to tell me how much he enjoyed my speech. He was delightful and gracious. In the conversation, he mentioned who his parents are. Interestingly, both of his parents had had a part in my life in the past. Bates’ mother is Jamie Adair who is the Marketing Director for Laurens County Hospital in Clinton, S.C. Forest is Bates’ father. Forest is a pharmacist and has his own business. Both of these individuals have in their son the fruit of goodness. Bates’ smile and lovely manner do so speak of his upbringing. I was blessed to have met Bates and to share some time with him. He is as lovely as his parents, and meeting him brought to me great joy.

Furthermore, Jamie had a tremendous role in my life as I will share with you. She was instrumental in 1996 in carrying out a showing of my work, “Universe 12”. I will forever be grateful for her part in my life and my writings. It is always amazing to me how God connects the dots of our lives. There was no way I could have known that this young man would be there the day I spoke, nor could I have known who his mother and father are. Nor could Bates have known how kind his mother had been to me and how she had honored my work.

I am reminded in this how what we give out returns to us each day. To me, it is like putting goodness in a bottle and placing it on the “seas of time”. The bottle will return to you in wholeness by God’s design carrying inside the goodness you once placed.


The Return of Goodness

When you share goodness
It will return to you --
It will come again many times
With mighty force
And creation of something new --
To be revealed to you
In the form of purity
And the fact that you have shown
Compassion and understanding
That you alone have sown…
You showed how much you cared
With goodness from your heart
And in your words and deeds
The return of goodness
You did start…

There is an ocean
Beyond your goodness
As you stand
Upon the shore of life
And view the day at hand
That offers to you the means
To help human-kind
And to somehow understand…

Your goodness will set sail
Upon the ocean blue
And in its voyage
It will gain in force and wisdom
One day to return to you --
With it it will bring
Fruits of a foreign land
And then you will realize
That now you understand --
You will come to understand
That goodness is the cargo
Aboard the ship of souls
And is the bounteous blessing
Delivered upon the shore
As to you the tide of foamy-blue
Carries with it goodness
As the ocean of life rolls…

May this story and poem bless you now and always. "Goodness can be the message you place in the bottle of life, and the bottle may be placed upon the "seas of time". Certainly the "seas of time" will carry the bottle near and far, but ultimately the bottle will return to you with goodness enclosed. So open the bottle when it returns to you, for it will bring with it the blessings of your days."

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Juanita Pittman-Brown
July 28, 2006

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