Achieving Happiness

November 20, 2008

Universal Children’s Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ina Alleco @ 9:38 am
She smiles!

She smiles!

Today is Universal Children’s Day. And here’s an apt poem for the occasion (posted in the Manila Bulletin’s website, today’s edition): “Children Learn What They Live” by Dr. Dorothy Law Nolte

  • If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
  • If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
  • 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 kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
  • If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
  • If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

I felt so wistful reading this; wistful and sad thinking of how many children are denied what the poem wishes for them to have – kindness and friendliness and all that. So many children suffer day in, day out because their parents suffer; or because of the cruelty of other adults (sometimes their own parents), but mainly because those who rule the world make it impossible for all children ‘to live with friendliness’ hence the world is often, for so many, many, many children, not a nice place in which to live.

Wouldn’t it be great if all of humanity’s efforts were directed towards the one, single goal of making sure that no child would ever go hungry, die of curable diseases, live without love and caring, or denied the chance of running free and happy under a warming sun on the beach or through fields of flowers?

Of course it goes without saying that their own parents are also a-okay. So let’s take care of all parents as well!

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