Faithful servants.

I found this on Facebook and thought it was worth sharing with any home educating folks out there:

I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.

I am completely at your command.
Half the things you do, you might just as well turn over to me,
And I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done,
And after a few lessons I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of all great men
And, alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine, though
I work with all the precision of a machine
Plus the intelligence of a man.
You may run me for profit, or run me for ruin;
It makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me
And I will put the world at your feet.
Be easy with me, and I will destroy you.
Who am I?
I am habit!

~ Author Unknown

2 thoughts on “Faithful servants.

  1. Too true! That is really good food for thought :). Charlotte Mason was a great one on teaching our children to form good habits as they would be the strong and straight train tracks of their lives. It is something I must work on better first… our example speaks louder than words 🙂
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Too true: the example we set speaks so much louder than anything we say. I’m very guilty of that and I think we probably all face an ongoing battle to master ourselves in this respect. Thanks for the comment!

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