“…this month’s peace challenge will focus on children. Post anything about the intersection of children and peace.” Kozo Hattori
This peace challenge has brought back tender memories and a new found understanding of why I am, who I am.
When I was a child in the 1970’s, my Mom created various pieces of art. The craft was called tri-chem paints and she would (color in) pictures and/or words on fabric and frame these little pictures then, hang them up in my bedroom or around the house. These creations were beautiful to my young imagination.
Here is one of the few I still have.
There was a particular picture/poem, displayed in the house for years but, has been lost to us for almost 20 + years. I googled some of the words my Mom and I could remember and found the poem tonight! Along with finding this treasure, I also discovered the words that helped me discern the concepts of life, as a young child.
P.S. Thank you Kozo, for another awesome peace challenge which, for me, equates to understanding my peace.
CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE
Dorothy Law Nolte
If a child lives with criticism,
he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility,
he learns to fight.
If a child lives with fear,
he learns to be apprehensive.
If a child lives with pity,
he learns to feel sorry for himself.
If a child lives with ridicule,
he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with jealousy,
he learns what envy is.
If a child lives with shame,
he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with encouragement,
he learns to be confident.
If a child lives with tolerance,
he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with praise,
he learns to be appreciative.
If a child lives with acceptance,
he learns to love.
If a child lives with approval,
he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with recognition,
he learns that it is good to have a goal.
If a child lives with sharing,
he learns about generosity.
If a child lives with honesty and fairness,
he learns what truth and justice are.
If a child lives with security,
he learns to have faith in himself and in those about him.
If a child lives with friendliness,
he learns that the world is a nice place in which to live.
If you live with serenity,
your child will live with peace of mind.