I'm looking for a nice poem to encourage young people leaving primary school to go to secondary school

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Hi Fionnuala! Not a poem, but oh so true!! ....There is lots of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo in this story.

The Carpenter

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife, enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor.

The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career. When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front-door key to the carpenter. "This is your house," he said, "my gift to you."

What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home that he had build none to well.

So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized that, we would have done it differently.

Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely. It is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live it for only one more day, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity. The plaque on the wall says, "Life is a do-it-yourself project." Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today.
Hi Bob, I love it, I'm going to read it to my kids now. Thanks so much for you reply, All the best Fionnuala (SGI Ireland)

Bob put the philosophy so well

Bob, I like this story........TQ.

WHAT FUN!  (poem by my son Charlie, for Spelling Spree)

I woke up in the morning
to the smell of toast a-burning.
Do you know what I thought?
"If I don't go to school
I'm going to get caught.
Oh, what a way to start!"
I LOVE school, so I put on my shirt,
now grown so tiny that it hurt.
I aty toast that had continued to burn,
raced into the bathroom when it was my turn,
saw the clock and the way things were,
told my mother how much I loved her,
talked and told my sister
just how much I'd missed her,
and I almost missed the bus, but now I was off.
The day would be rough, but I was tough.
I got to school on time, and I wanted to shout,
"Yes, learning is fun and what life's about."
It's that start of a school year.
There is so much to learn, and so much to share.

Hi Philip, that's really sweet, well done to Charlie and thanks for posting will read to my kids now :) Fi

This is exactly the way I feel sometimes about my life. I have practiced now for 30 some years. I have often been defeated by my negativity and stopped practicing often. But for some reason I can still access Buddhahood through this practice so I can't say that my house is finished. I believe President Ikeda says something to the effect of putting the finishing touches on your life in your final years.. Also I practice for my next life as well as this one. Many of my goals are still on my list, But each year or so I manage to turn a corner and am glad I have kept at this path of Human Revolution.  I often look outside myself and wonder if I will ever be able to be someone like those I admire so much. So this year my higher nature has asked me to chant three hours a day to try and establish a more concrete life state of the Buddha. I am working on the house again but now with quality materials.




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