Grandmother's Counsel

by Author Unknown

I've traveled paths you've yet to walk
Learned lessons old and new
And now this wisdom of my life
I'm blessed to share with you.

Let kindness spread like sunshine
Embrace those who are sad
Respect their dignity, give them joy
And leave them feeling glad.

Forgive those who might hurt you
And though you have your pride,
listen closely to their viewpoint
try to see their side.

Walk softly when you're angry
try not to take offense.
Invoke your sense of humor
laughter's power is immense.

Express what you are feeling
your beliefs you should uphold.
Don't shy away from what is right,
be courageous and be bold.

Keep hope right in your pocket.
It will guide you day by day.
Take it out when it is needed.
When it's near, you'll find a way.

Remember friends and family,
of which you are a precious part.
Love deeply and love truly.
Give freely from you heart.

The world is far from perfect.
There's conflict and there's strife.
But you still can make a difference,
by how you live your life.

And so I'm very blessed to know
the wonders you will do.
Because you are my granddaughter
and I believe in you.