Attention, for one day it will be too late.

A sense of value, the inalienable place of the individual in the scheme of things, with all that accrues to the individual - self-reliance, courage, conviction, self-respect, and respect for others.

A sense of humor. Laughter leavens life.

The meaning of discipline. If we falter at discipline, life will do it for us.

The will to work. Satisfying work is the lasting joy.

The talent for sharing, for it is not so much what we give as what we share.

The love of justice. Justice is the bulwark against violence and oppression, and the repository of human dignity.

The passion for truth, founded on precept and example. Truth is the beginning of every good thing.

The power of faith, engendered in mutual trust. Life without faith is a dismal dead-end street.

The beacon of hope, which lights all darkness.

The knowledge of being loved beyond demand or reciprocity, praise or blame, for those so loved are never lost.

What shall we give the children?

The open sky, the brown earth, the leafy tree, the golden sand, the blue water, the stars in their courses and the awareness of these. Birdsong, butterflies, clouds, and rainbows.

Sunlight, moonlight, firelight.

A large hand reaching down for a small hand.

Impromptu praise, an unexpected kiss, a straight answer.

The gift of enthusiasm and a sense of wonder.

Long days to be merry in and nights without fear.

The memory of a good home

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Matt O'Neil
Published Date: 
Wednesday, December 23, 2015