If this World were my Classroom

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If this World were my classroom
I would greet each day as a lesson
I would treat each person as a teacher
And accept each moment as an opportunity to learn.

If this World were my classroom
I would sit very, very still
And pay close attention
So as not to miss a single thing.

I would peer excitedly
Into the pages of every new dawn
Like a newly opened
Gift. SONY DSC

With reinvigorated anticipation
I would learn
That radiant acquiescence
Is the secret to contentment.

If this World were my classroom
I would try not to run ahead in impatience
Neither be held back by my own unbelief
For I would see with new eyes.

If this World were my classroom
I would learn to recognise
The false masters
Of Vain Imaginings and Idle Fancies. SONY DSC

When I gaze at the scattering stars above
The wonder that grips my soul
Would be no less than the wonder I feel
When I gaze into the depths of my own heart.

For there resides the Universe
Strong
Mighty
And powerful.

If this World were my Classroom
I would learn from the trees
The birds
The humble pebble.

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If this World were my Classroom
I would learn from adversity
And prosperity
For they are one.

If this World were my Classroom
I would be less alarmed
By the shifting shadows and mirages
Of my own mind.

I would seize this chance
To cultivate the landscape of my soul
To plant in the garden of my heart
Love and compassion. SONY DSC

And yet, I would be patient
With myself
And others
For seeds take time to grow.

If this World were my Classroom
The Fashioner of mysteries and miracles
Is my Teacher

And the only question
Worth asking at lessons’s end
is
“Art Thou well pleased with me?”

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