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One Step at a Time

One Step At A Time is one of those excellent courage poems that encourage you to take that step and begin whatever task or goal you have decided you want to accomplish. Taking it bit by bit, you can complete anything, but the first step is to actually begin doing it.

One Step at a Time
by Joseph Morris

In the morning with the journey all before us on the road,
It takes courage to begin, that is sure;
For the first step is the hardest, and we always think the load
May be greater than we've power to endure.
When the first mile lies behind us we can say, "Now that is done,
And the second and the third will soon be past."
So we trudge on through the noontime, and the setting of the sun
Finds us coming to our stopping-place at last.

When a man would climb a mountain he's appalled to see the length
Of the slope that reaches up into the sky;
But he starts, and with the climbing he will find he's gained the strength
To attain the very top, however high.
For the climbing of a mountain takes but one step at a time--
Who has courage to do that will reach the goal;
He will stand upon Life's summit and will know that joy sublime
Which is his alone who dares to prove his soul.


~Joseph Morris (1889-1947)

Joseph Morris Bachelor (also known as Joseph Morris) was an American author, poet, editor and educator. Educated at Miami University and Harvard University, he taught English at Cornell College in Iowa (1913-1917), then moved on to work as an editor for the Century Company in New York City where he was definitions editor of “The New Century Dictionary” in two volumes.

He was a popular and rigorous professor teaching Shakespeare and a course he developed called "Words." Upon his death in 1947, he bequeathed over 400 acres of woodland and streams, including Harker's Run, to Miami University (known today as the Bachelor Wildlife and Game Reserve).

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