Sunday, September 27, 2009

This I Believe

Children Learn What They Live
by Dorothy Law Nolte

If children live with criticism,
they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility,
they learn to fight.
If children live with fear,
they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity,
they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule,
they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy,
they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame,
they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement,
they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance,
they learn patience.
If children live with praise,
they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance,
they learn to love.
If children live with approval,
they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition,
they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing,
they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty,
they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness,
they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration,
they learn respect.
If children live with security,
they learn to have faith in themselves.
If children live with friendliness,
they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.


Bethany said...

I love it. We have this hanging up in my school- it speaks a lot to me :)

Millennium Housewife said...

Beautiful. It's up at my daughter's school. Over from SITS hope you're enjoying your four day week x

Helen McGinn said...

I love that poem. And it is so, so true. Stopped by from SITS and Scotland. x

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

I've always loved that. My son's kindergarten teacher had that on a poster up in her classroom. Glad I stopped by from SITS!

Feeling Fit With Dana said...

Stopping by from SITS! Love the poem!

Robin said...

This is an absolute great reminder to all of us. Its the "village's" responsibility to do all these things to try to ensure the people running this place [world] in the future are equipped. Thanks for sharing!

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

♥ Teresa ♥ said...

Hi, I'm stopping by from SITS. I just wanted to share a bit of comment love. I love this poem. I have seen it many, many times and a different line always 'speaks' to me each time I read it. It is truly awesome. Thanks for sharing it today.

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!



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Jennifer Haas said...

I love that poem!!! I used to teach kindergarten and I had that poem up on my wall!

Thanks for visiting my site from SITS. I am a follower of you now!!

Gabrielle said...

Fantastic Poem! As for your upcoming 1/2, good luck! I just ran my first one last weekend with my husband and now have three more this month, CRAZY. But it was so fun, I had no idea that running in a race would be WAY more fun than just running the hills alone!

Mary said...

Classic and so true. Stopping by from SITS Roll Call from earlier today to say hello.

Lora said...

I had that hanging in my classroom when I was teaching as well. So true!

Visiting you from SITS--have a great day!

Miss Always Carried Away said...

This is so beautiful and touching! So true! Beautifully written - thank you for sharing it with us.

Miss Always Carried Away! is the former Deva84. Changed my name, changed a bit a look of my blog!

mwah mwah!

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