Inspirational Words of Wisdom

Somebody’s Mother
– Mary Dow Brine (1816-1913)

The woman was old and ragged and gray
And bent with the chill of the Winter’s day.

The street was wet with a recent snow
And the woman’s feet were aged and slow.

She stood at the crossing and waited long,
Alone, uncared for, amid the throng

Of human beings who passed her by
Nor heeded the glance of her anxious eyes.

Down the street, with laughter and shout,
Glad in the freedom of “school let out,”

Came the boys like a flock of sheep,
Hailing the snow piled white and deep.

Past the woman so old and gray
Hastened the children on their way.

Nor offered a helping hand to her –
So meek, so timid, afraid to stir

Lest the carriage wheels or the horses’ feet
Should crowd her down in the slippery street.

At last came one of the merry troop,
The gayest laddie of all the group;

He paused beside her and whispered low,
“I’ll help you cross, if you wish to go.”

Her aged hand on his strong young arm
She placed, and so, without hurt or harm,

He guided the trembling feet along,
Proud that his own were firm and strong.

Then back again to his friends he went,
His young heart happy and well content.

“She’s somebody’s mother, boys, you know,
For all she’s aged and poor and slow,

“And I hope some fellow will lend a hand
To help my mother, you understand,

“If ever she’s poor and old and gray,
When her own dear boy is far away.”

And “somebody’s mother” bowed low her head
In her home that night, and the prayer she said

Was “God be kind to the noble boy,
Who is somebody’s son, and pride and joy!”

Dorothy Law Nolte

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 fear, 
he learns to be apprehensive.
If a child lives with pity, 
he learns to feel sorry for himself.
If a child lives with ridicule, 
he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with jealousy, 
he learns what envy is.
If a child lives with shame,
 he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with encouragement, 
he learns to be confident.
If a child lives with tolerance, 
he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with praise,
 he learns to be appreciative.
If a child lives with acceptance, 
he learns to love.
If a child lives with approval, 
he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with recognition,
 he learns that it is good to have a goal.
If a child lives with sharing,
 he learns about generosity.
If a child lives with honesty and fairness, 
he learns what truth and justice are.
If a child lives with security,
 he learns to have faith in himself and in those about him.
If a child lives with friendliness, 
he learns that the world is a nice place in which to live.
If you live with serenity, 
your child will live with peace of mind.


“When you listen to the soul, you listen to the heartbeat of everything that is real.” Janet Larson Melugin

“And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank

“The first duty of love is to listen.” Paul Tillich

“The more you live by external shoulds, the farther you drift from the power inherent in your own spirit.” Alan Cohen

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Rumi (Persian Poet and Mystic, 1207 − 1273)

“Sometimes when we think we are keeping a secret, that secret is actually keeping us. Frank Warren

“No one makes you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt