Have you ever come across any piece of literature… Or any article, that immediately pierced right through your heart?
I think a few days back, I was cleaning my room and then I came across my school textbook. I can’t believe it is still here!
I was rummaging through the book and one lesson caught my attention.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S LETTER TO HIS SON’S HEADMASTER.
I got even more curious and sat among the piles of old books and papers.
So here I am, sharing with all my fellow bloggers why that article was special. Why did it make me numb?
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.
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