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Friday, April 27, 2012

LETTER TO A TEACHER


Abrahm Lincoln’s letter
 to his son’s teacher.

He will have to learn, I know,
that all men are not just,
all men are not true,
But teach him also that
for every scoundrel there is a hero,
that for every selfish politician,
there is a dedicated leader…..
Teach him for every enemy there is a friend.

Teach him if you can that
10 cents earned is of far more value
than a dollar found.


Steer him away from envy,
if you can,
teach him the secret of
quiet laughter.

Let him learn early that
the bullies are easiest to lick…..
Teach him, if you can
the wonder of books……..

But also give him quiet time
to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky,
 bees in the sun,
and flowers on a green hillside.

In the school teach him,
it is far honourabale to fail
than to cheat…….

Teach him to have faith
in his own ideas,
even if everyone tells him
they are wrong………

Teach him to be gentle
with gentle people
and tough with the tough

Try to give my son
the strength not to follow the crowd

when everyone is getting on the band wagon……

Teach him to listen to all men………
but teach him also to filter
all he hears on a screen of truth
and take only the good
that comes through.

Teach him, if you can
how to laugh when he is sad….

Teach him there is no shame in tears,

Teach him to scoff at cynics
and to beware of too much sweetness.


Teach him to sell his brawn and
brain to the highest bidders
but never to put a price-tag
on his heart and soul.

Teach him to close his ears
 to howling mob
and to stand and fight
if he thinks he’s right.

Treat him gently,
but do not cuddle him,
because only test of fire
makes fine steel.

Let him have the courage
to be impatient…….
Let him have the patience to be brave

Teach him always to have
sublime faith in himself,
because only then he will have
sublime faith in mankind

This is a big order,
but  see what you can do……
He is such a fine fellow
my son!

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