In a world where the desire for possessions and status often belies the value of priceless commodities (such as decency and integrity), I found myself wondering what it was that I would wish to tell my children – when they are of an age to be a little more receptive! The following is written very much from the heart:
If I could teach you anything
If I could teach you anything, I’d urge you to be kind,
It doesn’t really cost that much to keep an open mind.
And every time you choose to give the ‘benefit of the doubt’,
You might just be affording someone the confidence to strike out
Into a world offering something good, to all who walk her path:
From the fiercely inquisitive toddler, to those in the aftermath
Of grief and disillusionment, where loneliness abounded –
Where the air grew dense with silence, though laughter had once resounded.
If I could teach you anything, I’d ask you to show love,
It’s surprising how such a simple thing gets passed down from above.
By showing someone tenderness, or a modicum of compassion,
You’ll help them healthy relationships to build, sustain and fashion
Into something all encompassing, a possession to be cherished –
Where once a sense of self esteem had very nearly perished.
With love you ‘pay it forward’, through deeds both great and small,
It needn’t be a luxury; it’s the right of one and all.
If I could teach you anything, I’d strive to give you hope,
I’d deliver the gift of resilience and tell you not to mope!
Things tend to have a curious way of working themselves out,
If you can just stay positive, and not succumb to doubt.
For every lesson painfully learned – obstacle or mistake,
There’ll be fresh opportunities, a new direction to take.
Just re-evaluate your goals, and craft your dreams anew
The most important message here is ‘Just be true to you!’
And when the ‘Day of Reckoning’ finally arrives,
I’m certain that our Maker will look with kindly eyes
Upon our life’s journey, our achievements big and small,
And tally up the times we chose to help those who’d otherwise fall.
“No man is an island” as stated by John Donne,
And when we leave this ‘mortal coil’ (our battles lost or won),
Remember that I loved you, far more than any other,
The most remarkable privilege, that of being your mother.