Wednesday, November 9, 2016

On a positive note ....!

Let us be gentle with one another. This world could use more kindness....

Judge Softly - by Mary T. Lathrap - circa 1895

Pray, don't find fault with the man that limps,
Or stumbles along the road.
Unless you have worn the moccasins he wears,
Or stumbled beneath the same load.

There may be tears in his soles that hurt
Though hidden away from view.
The burden he bears placed on your back
May cause you to stumble and fall, too.

Don't sneer at the man who is down today
Unless you have felt the same blow
That caused his fall or felt the shame
That only the fallen know.

You may be strong, but still the blows
That were his, unknown to you in the same way,
May cause you to stagger and fall, too.

Don't be too harsh with the man that sins.
Or pelt him with words, or stone, or disdain.
Unless you are sure you have no sins of your own,
And it's only wisdom and love that your heart contains.

For you know if the tempter's voice
Should whisper as soft to you,
As it did to him when he went astray,
It might cause you to falter, too.

Just walk a mile in his moccasins
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse.
If just for one hour, you could find a way
To see through his eyes, instead of your own muse.

I believe  you'd be surprised to see
That you've been blind and narrow minded, even unkind.
There are people on reservations and in the ghettos
Who have so little hope, and too much worry on their minds.

Brother, there but for the grace of God go you and I.
Just for a moment, slip into his mind and traditions
And see the world through his spirit and eyes
Before you cast a stone or falsely judge his conditions.

Remember to walk a mile in his moccasins
And remember the lessons of humanity taught to you by your elders.
We will be known forever by the tracks we leave
In other people's lives, our kindnesses and generosity.

Take the time to walk a mile in his moccasins.

With love and compassion

Carole

5 comments:

catsatararat said...

One of my parent's favourite sayings ("Walk a mile in his shoes"). Although they may not have known the exact origins of the saying in this poem they held with the sentiment all their lives. Thankyou for telling me where it came from.
My Dad's other favourite verse - "If" by Rudyard Kipling. We had a framed copy hanging on our wall when I was a child, and it remains one of my most treasured possessions to this day.

Needled Mom said...

Excellent!

Sue SA said...

Amen.

Nancy Duffy said...

So true. Let the peace and healing begin ....

Thimbleanna said...

Where's that little emoji blowing kisses when you need it???

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...