After a while you learn the difference between holding a hand
and chaining a soul.
You learn that love isn't leaning but lending support.
You begin to accept your defeats with the grace of an adult, not
the grief of a child.
You decide to build your roads on today, for tomorrow's ground
is too uncertain.
You help someone plant a garden instead of waiting for someone
to bring you flowers.
You learn that God has given you the strength to endure and that
you really do have worth.
Let us learn
To walk together,
And live together.
What They Live
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 ridicule,
He learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame,
He learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance,
He learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement,
He learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise,
He learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness,
He learns justice.
If a child lives with security,
He learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval,
He learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance
and friendship, he learns
to find love in the world.