To each is given a bag of tools,
a shapeless mass, a book of rules.
To fashion then, 'ere life is flown
A building block or stepping stone."
I love it when people quote poetry! Isn't that wonderful? I was so taken by the verse that I looked up the poem, which is by R.L. Sharpe. Here's what I found:
Isn't it strange how princes and kings,
and clowns that caper in sawdust rings,
and common people, like you and me,
are builders for eternity?
Each is given a list of rules;
a shapeless mass; a bag of tools.
And each must fashion, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block, or a Stepping-Stone.
Masperpieces of Religion Verse, edited by James Dalton Morrison (Harper, 1948).
AND, there's also a ??Grateful Dead?? song called "Book of Rules" that's based on the poem. Here's a cover of it by a group called Inner Circle posted on YouTube:
It has kind of a reggae beat. Very uplifing. Enjoy.