Value The Good

The  following poem is dedicated to my Dad. I learned, through him, that it is important to smile and say hello to everyone, always. I found this poem for him and I read at his memorial service, I still miss him everyday.

Joseph R. (Bob) Shea



(first stanza)

It is easy enough to be pleasant, 
    When life flows by like a song, 
But the man worth while is one who will smile, 
    When everything goes dead wrong. 
For the test of the heart is trouble, 
    And it always comes with the years, 
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth, 
    Is the smile that shines through tears.

By  Ella Wheeler Wilcox

If Tomorrow Starts Without Me

If tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not here to see,
If the sun should rise you find your eyes all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me, as much as I love you
And each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand.
He said my place was ready, in heaven far above
And that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love. 
But as I turned and walked away a tear fell from my eye.
For all my life I’d always thought, I didn’t want to die.
I had so much to live for, so much left yet to do.
It seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays the good ones and the bad.
I thought of all the love we shared, and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, just even for a while,
I’d say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized that this could never be,
For emptiness and memories would take the place of me.
When I thought of worldly things I might miss come tomorrow
I thought of you and when I did my heart was filled with sorrow.
When I walked through heavens gates I felt so much at home.
God looked down and smiled at me from his great golden throne
He said, “This is eternity and all I’ve promised you”
Today your life on earth has passed but here life starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last
And since each day is the same there’s no longing for the past.
You have been so faithful so trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn’t do.
You have been forgiven and now at last you’re free.
So won’t you come and take my hand and share my life with me?
So when tomorrow starts with out me don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart.

 Author: David Romano

​My Family's Love...

Tomorrow belongs to no one-
So there’s something I’ll share today-
If I don’t get the chance to express myself later…
Here is what I’d say!

I’d share stories of my life,
That no one else could…
I’d tell about a journey, 
One so sweet and so good!
I’d cheer about my fortunes from my youth until today.
There have been so many blessings I received along the way!
But no blessings could ever be greater than those from above…
Those of friends and faith and family...but especially of My Family’s Love.

4/2018 Joe Shea

Value the Good believes that words can be a tremendous comfort in times of sadness.

Life Is But A Stopping Place

Life is but a stopping place, a pause in what's to be,

A resting place along the road, to sweet eternity.

We all have different journeys, different paths along the way,

We were all meant to learn some things but never meant to stay...

Our destination is a place, far greater than we know,

For some the journey's quicker,

For some the journey's slow. 

And when the journey finally ends,

We will claim a great reward, 

To find an everlasting peace,

Together with the Lord!

Notes of...4/11/2018

Keep Value the Good going!

Life, Hopes and Dreams

Well, I am in the hospital again for just a short stay, 
They will find out what's wrong then send me on my way.
I hear humming machines, bells and even beeps,
Gee sometimes this place gives me the creeps!

They are poking and testing and won't let me be,
But really I'm glad that they so care for me.
I pee in a bottle and they take it away,
But I'd rather be peeing the old-fashioned way!

I feel pretty good but there's surely no doubt, 
That being with loved ones is what life's ALL about.
I am sure to be fine, that's how it seems...
Can't wait to get back to my...Life, Hopes and Dreams!

Joe Shea 1/2017

The morning songs from the birds are sweet and fall is on its way,

The glistening dew lying moist 'neath my feet is reminding me to say,

Today is a gift for all to enjoy, there's too little time to be sad...

For this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!

Joe Shea 10/2008

While in the hospital with my second heart-related problem (January 2017) I could only think of missing everyday, friends, my dog and my...

For the beautiful Hawaiian Lei Flower Trees...

Just say Plumerias Please! 

The 23rd Psalm

The Psalm of David

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul, he leadeth in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies, thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


I read of a man who stood to speak

At the funeral of a friend.

He referred to the dates on her tombstone

From the the end.

He noted that first came her date of birth

And he spoke the following dates with tears,

But he said that what mattered most of all

Was the dash between those years.

For the dash represents all the time

That she spent alive on Earth...

And now only those who love her

Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not how much we own;

The cars...the house...the cash,

What matters is how we lived and loved...

And how we spent our dash.

So think about this long and hard...

Are there things you'd like to change?

For you never know how much time is left

That can still be arranged.

If we could just slow down enough

To consider what's true and real,

And always try to understand

The way that others feel.

And be less quick to anger,

And show appreciation more

And love the people in our lives

Like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,

And more often wear a smile...

Remembering that this special dash

May only last awile.

So when your eulogy's being read

With your life's actions to rehash...

Would you be proud of the things they say

About how you spent your dash?

Author Unknown

A favorite Old Irish Proverb

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but Love leaves a  memory no one can steal"

Recently a dear friend spoke about the loss of their beloved family dog Hud I remembered the hurt I felt, too. I wrote these words in hopes it may help others. (borrowing two lines from an old Irish Proverb)

Our Future Home

When your heart is aching  and life seems  unfair...

And when the loss of your companion is too much to bear...

Remember the promise of 'Our Future Home'...

A place we call Heaven where we are never alone...

And how, "Death leaves a heartach no one can heal,

But love leaves a memory no one can steal"

So let your heart heal knowing we'll not be alone...

We'll be together again in Our Future Home!

Joe Shea 11/2017

I wrote this at the 23rd anniversary of his passing.

Still In Touch
I started the day with tears,
Yes my heart still aches after all these years.
The tears will lessen if it's meant to be, 
And I will live with the memory.
I feel Dad with me in every single prayer,
I am blessed and made whole...just to know that he's there.
And there is something in my heart that warms me so much...
It's knowing Dad and me...are really...
Still in touch!

Joe Shea 3/2018



 If I knew it would be the last time
 That I'd see you fall asleep,
 I would tuck you in more tightly
 and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

 If I knew it would be the last time
 that I see you walk out the door,
 I would give you a hug and kiss
 and call you back for one more.

 If I knew it would be the last time
 I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
 I would video tape each action and word,
 so I could play them back day after day.

 If I knew it would be the last time,
 I could spare an extra minute
 to stop and say "I love you,"
 instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

 If I knew it would be the last time
 I would be there to share your day,
 Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
 so I can let just this one slip away.

 For surely there's always tomorrow
 to make up for an oversight,
 and we always get a second chance
 to make everything just right.

 There will always be another day
 to say "I love you,"
 And certainly there's another chance
 to say our "Anything I can do?"

 But just in case I might be wrong,
 and today is all I get,
 I'd like to say how much I love you
 and I hope we never forget.

 Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
 young or old alike,
 And today may be the last chance
 you get to hold your loved one tight.

 So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
 why not do it today?
 For if tomorrow never comes,
 you'll surely regret the day,

 That you didn't take that extra time
 for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
 and you were too busy to grant someone,
 what turned out to be their one last wish.

 So hold your loved ones close today,
 and whisper in their ear,
 Tell them how much you love them
 and that you'll always hold them dear

 Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
 "Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's
 And if tomorrow never comes,
 you'll have no regrets about today.

Author Unknown