Encouragement for the Journey 18 / 3 / 2012

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Encouragement for the Journey 18 / 3 / 2012

Encouragement for the Journey

Greetings Fellow Traveller,

Today we rejoice in the Sacrament of Baptism. This is always a special time and a reminder how we care for our children. The following poem challenges our attitude and behaviour with and around children:

Children Learn What They Live

 If children live with criticism,

They learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility,

They learn to fight.

If children live with ridicule,

They learn to be shy.

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 to be patient.

If children live with praise,

They learn to appreciate.

If children live with acceptance,

They learn to love.

If children live with approval,

They learn to like themselves.

If children live with honesty,

They learn truthfulness.

If children live with security,

They learn to have faith in themselves and others.

If children live with friendliness,

They learn the world is a nice place in

which to live.

 Copyright © 1972/1975 by Dorothy Law Nolte

This is the author-approved short version.

Even though written some years ago, it is still relevant and applicable in this current era of the 21st Century.

Meanwhile Peace in the Dignity of Difference

Alf