. Formulas for Failure I’ve seen too much of devastating failure, In almost every avenue of life. One might guess lack of skill the main derailer, But that’s not even close to what’s most rife. A bigger reason’s lack of confidence, You must have strong belief that you’ll succeed. A picture of achievement you can sense, As optimism is a foremost need. Surprisingly though, too much expectation, Reflects a harmful immaturity, As often the best source of motivation, For life success is insecurity! . . Beneficial Lesson A caring and sensitive Human being learns--- Don’t trivialize Someone else’s concerns. . . The Next Generation I say hello to all while on my jogging route, Most everyone replies, some waving hands come out. Today I passed a girl I’d never seen before, She might have been fourteen, or maybe slightly more. She wore red soccer gear and kicked a ball around, I said “Good morning” to her---nothing too profound. Now this is not in any way exaggeration--- She said “Good morning” to me without hesitation, Then added: “I hope it’s a fine day for you, Sir!” Now doesn’t that give you more faith in our future? . . Russel Winick recently started writing poetry after ending a long legal career. He resides in Naperville, Illinois.