Unbelievably Wonderful!

Have you ever come across any piece of literature… Or any article, that immediately went to your heart? (If yes, do write it in the comment section).

We all might have had ‘that’ moment, when we get too motivated from reading a wonderful tiny piece. Well, recently I have had that moment.

I think a few days back, I was re- decorating my room (only because of my mother’s insistence. Otherwise I am happy with how my room is! After all, it’s not that bad) and then I came across my seventh grade textbook. I can’t believe it is still there after all these years! Perhaps Mom is right!

I was rummaging through the book and one chapter caught my attention. I have no memory of learning that chapter. I started reading the chapter, whose title was

ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S LETTER TO HIS SON’S HEADMASTER.

I got even more curious and sat among the piles of old books and papers (I even found some of the answer sheets of some class tests. I hid it from my mother, because… Oh come on.. I don’t want another fuss!! She might interrogate me for hours for hiding it from her… Even though Its been years!!

Mothers!!!!

So here I am, sharing with all my fellow bloggers why that article was special. Why did it make me ponder for long and why it had ignited in me many values that even I had forgotten.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S LETTER TO HIS SON’S HEADMASTER

My son starts school today. It is all going to be strange and new to him for a while and I wish, you would treat him gently. It is an adventure that might take him across continents. All adventures that probably include war, tragedy and sorrow. To live this life, will require faith, love and courage.

So dear teacher, Will you please take him by his hand and teach him things he will have to know, teaching him, but gently, if you can.

Teach him that for every enemy, there is a friend. He will have to know that all men are not just, that all men are not true.

But teach him also that for every scoundrel, there is a hero.. that for every crooked politician, there is a dedicated leader.

Teach him if you can, that 10 cents earned is of far more value than a dollar found. In school, teacher, it is far more honourable to fail than to cheat.

Teach him early, that bullies are the easiest to lick.

Teach him how to gracefully lose, and enjoy winning when he does win. Teach him to be gentle with gentle people,& tough with tough. Steer him away from envy, if you can. And teach him the secret of quite laughter.

Teach him if you can – how to laugh when he is sad, teach him the is no shame in tears. Teach him there can be glory in failure and despair in success.

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

Teach him, if you can, the wonder of books, but also give him time to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the Sun and flowers on a green hillside

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

Try to give my son the strength, not to follow the crowd, when everyone else is getting on the bandwagon. Teach him to listen to everyone but teach him also to filter all that he hears on a screen of truth and take only the good that comes through.

Teach him to sell his brawn and brains to the highest bidder but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul.

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

Let him have the courage to be impatient, let him have the patience to be brave. Teach him to have sublime faith in mankind, in God.

Treat him gently, but do nat cuddle him, because only the test of fire makes fine steel.

This is the order. Teacher. But see what best you can do. He is such a nice little boy. And He is my son.

Abraham Lincoln

If you did enjoy this wonderful and important piece just like I did, pls do write what you felt in the comment section and drop a like!

23 Replies to “Unbelievably Wonderful!”

    1. I thought it would be helpful, especially in this age… It is something that we must inculcate in the next gen. I have never read an amazing piece like that … So thought of sharing it. My mom should be thanked for she was the one who asked me to clean everything and then I found the book!!!!

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  1. This is a beautiful letter, it captures every quality that is found in a truly great person. The most beautiful thing about this letter is that it is truly enhancing the importance of learning these qualities right from the beginning, from the first day of school. Because we learn very effectively in childhood and whatever we learn we carry it for the rest of our lives. A child going to school is tender and vulnerable to unhealthy thoughts. It is teacher’s responsibility to take care of every child and sow the seeds of greatness within them.
    This is very relevant today. Thanks for sharing 😊

    Also, to answer your question at the beginning of the post,
    My favorite book is bhagvad Geeta, teaches you values of life in the most direct and straightforward way.
    Also, I am always touched by the zen stories. Each zen story has a quality worth learning and they are short and enjoyable to read. Beautiful!

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    1. Yes, these values are so valuable. We could rarely see these values inculcated into the children of this generation.
      And lovely to know that you love The Bhagavat Geeta. I remember my grandmother reading it in the early morning days of my summer holidays. I woke up that early to just hear that!!!
      Lovely to hear your comments.!!βœ¨πŸ‘

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  2. Hi Aatmana,
    I found about your blog through Vincent’s Blog promotion post. Yes he is a wonderful human being and a great promoter πŸ™‚
    This post is so profound, can’t imagine this was in our curriculum of 7th grade. I do not remember reading this ( I studied in Maharashtra Board) but am so glad came across this beautiful letter by Abraham Lincoln to his sons teacher. Thank you so much for sharing this πŸ™‚

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    1. Hey, Nilesh… Thanks buddy for visiting my blog..and yeah… Vincent is an amazing promoter , blogger and a good friend too.
      I studied in a CBSE school. Upto eighth standard, no textbook is similar with any other schools. The schools can select them. Ninth onwards, we all learn the same. Perhaps that’s how you haven’t come across such an article as a lesson.
      This article is mind – blowing right?? It is a fantastic piece of values, blended with love. I have studied a lot about his family and got to know that even though he was a busy man, his family always had him by their side. Especially his kids.
      This man is amazing, not only in his political career but his personal life. He is truly a role model..
      I posted it because, I truly believe that if we inculcate these values to the next generation, they would turn out to be the best and the social issues prevalent now… Would vanish in a Jiffy..
      Sorry to write an essay..

      How are things going there Nilesh? Maharashtra is suffering the worst attack I heard! Hope things will be fine soon.

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      1. Ohh ok, my kids are in KV which is CBSE board. Dunno if they have/ had this in their curriculum. I am divorced and they don’t stay with me so have no idea 😦
        Yes the article was great and now that you mentioned his other qualities as an individual I would definitely like to more of him. Thanks for the extra details ( essay πŸ˜‰) it lit up my curiosity to know more of him πŸ™‚

        I am at Thane, it’s in suburbs of Mumbai. Things are pretty bad , cases are high and i do not see the lockdown coming down anytime soon. As far I am concerned things are pretty okay nothing much change in my routine 😊. Where are you from and how are things there?

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      2. I am Aathmana and I am from Kerala. Thankfully everything’s in control a bit. Hope everything will turn out to be normal in a few months. And Mumbai’s situation is pretty bad…
        Do stay safe and home!!! Happy blogging!

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    1. Oh thank you so much for re – blogging, Nilesh. It would be amazing if this piece of amazing values would reach a large number of people in this community and later spread everywhere!!!!
      Thanks buddy.

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      1. Yes, I agree and hence felt like sharing it. Thanks to you and the moment when you forgot to give away that book, and courtesy your mom and lockdown that you rediscovered and shared it in your blog πŸ™‚

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