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An Open Mind
by E T Waldron
Monday, December 12, 2005
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The morning fog lifted
But there was no sun
A chilly rain took its place
In the mountains it would be snow

It made me think of all the changes
We must become accustomed to
As the seasons change we do too
And with maturity hopefully, wisdom

Wisdom to recognize the rights of others
To learn that differences are essential
To accept and hope that others accept too
But always remembering to be kind

I don't expect others to think like me, BUT
I also expect them to give me the same respect
When others expect you to understand them
They should be good enough to return the favor

Life is always full of surprises,good and bad
I think we all know and accept it that way
Yet, we can improve our environment a lot
With honesty, fairness, and an open mind



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Reviewed by Carole Mathys 12/13/2005
So true, so true Eileen....words to live by
Excellent write! and peace
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 12/13/2005
This poem must get a wide distribution all over the world,especially in education houses and institution as it is a universal wisdom. It should hang all schools. Wisdom created in a so wisely manner. GBQ
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 12/12/2005
Worthy, poetic wisdom, Eileen! A great write, as usual!
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 12/12/2005
These are the basic lessons that must be learned if we wish to live a happy life.
"Do unto others..." "Practice random acts of kindness" "Forgive and forget" "Love like you have never been hurt" "Give more than you think you can" "Have faith more than you think you can muster" "Honor freedom" You have said all of these things in your wonderful verse, Eileen. It is a wise person who understands that being kind is its own reward, for we know that we have unselfishly given our very best. Learn to love as God loves, so that we can love Him as He loves us; so that we can love all of mankind as He does. Excellent, excellent writing!
Take care,
Reviewed by jude forese 12/12/2005
this is very good! full of coherent truisms, much of which, we should never hesitate to teach our children ...
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 12/12/2005
My Mom always taught me to be kind,
and giving, and to have an open mind.
Love your writes Eileen!
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 12/12/2005
(thinks) hmm not a mind so open that ones mind - plop- drops out...
Reviewed by White Dove left (Reader) 12/12/2005
Very, very good words of solid wisdom here, Eileen.. Brava!!!!
Merry Christmas
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight* 12/12/2005
More than an open mind, we need open hearts to truly see. As far as understanding goes, I believe firmly in the philosophy of Stephen Covey who writes "Seek first to understand and then to be understood."

You've written some true words of wisdom here, Eileen.

Love & Light,
Reviewed by Dale Clark 12/12/2005
Oh so true. Excellent vision Eileen!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/12/2005
Excellent write Eileen!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 12/12/2005

Excellent words you pen; thank you! BRAVA!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :)
Reviewed by Joyce Hale 12/12/2005
Ah, Eileen, what a pretty picture you paint! If only everyone would allow others their choices and ideas as long as they don't hurt anyone. One can expect reciprocated respect all they want, but there is a faction that doesn't allow any opinions but their own. Excellent write, but those who read would probably be those who already have an open mind. (:D Wonderful words. Well done, Eileen.

Peace. Joyce
Reviewed by Bianca Boonstra 12/12/2005
excellent write Eileen
Reviewed by Dullanni Waterman 12/12/2005
I like this! Great work!
Reviewed by Janet Parker 12/12/2005
This is a beautiful and heartfelt poem. I wish it were true. I think that maybe in little groups and factions, this may be the case but I'm afraid that Carmen is right. Good write with a lot to think about.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 12/12/2005
Too true, not keeping scores with the reckonings of yesterday, but moving on in growth and maturity and the will to understand must be the way to go. Honesty has to be the main thing: it is at least the anchor upon which all other assessments can be made. A closed mind is always a stumbling block to truth because it refuses to judge fairly and without prejudice. We are not in control of what flows into us... but we are accountable for what we put out. Have motes and beams on the brain (or in me eyes!) having just come here from Lori's page! It has taken me 48 years to realise that what is in MY head is not the same as what is in anyone else's!! Unbelievable, but true! Thoughtful and honest, Eileen, thank you. Kate xx
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 12/12/2005
No argument here, except that by the looks of things, those with opposing views and needs seem to be ahead of the game.

Carmen :-)
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 12/12/2005
Yup, while you are recognizing the rights of others they are bashing your head in, metaphorically speaking of course. Or am I? But we all must do what we must do.
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 12/12/2005
You're right! I don't know anybody that would argue with you.

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