I first heard this poem years ago on an audio tape by Denis Waitley.
My children were very young at the time and I’ve always tried to keep its wisdom in mind as I raised them.
Perhaps you may want to do the same, realizing that we all are examples for others.
I’d Rather Watch a Winner
Than Hear One Any Day.
I’d Rather Have One Walk With Me
Than Merely Tell the Way.
The Eye is a Better Student
And More Willing Than the Ear.
Great Counsel is Confusing
But Example is Always Clearer.
The Best of All the Preachers
Are the Ones Who Live Their Deeds.
To See the Good in Action
Is What Every Person Needs.
I Can Soon Learn How to Do It
If You’ll Just Let Me See It Done.
I Can Watch Your Hands in Action
But Your Tongue Too Fast May Run.
And the Lectures You Deliver
May Be Very Wise And True
But I’d Rather Get My Lesson
By Observing What YOU Do… (Dad)
For I May Misunderstand you
And the High Advice You Give
But There’s No Misunderstanding
How YOU Act And How YOU Live
So please, my loving parents
let your lives show me the way.
I’m only a reflection
of what you taught today
So teach me by example,
don’t preach about what’s right;
And show me by your actions
every day and night.
I know that you’re not perfect,
in the things you do and say;
And the lectures you deliver
are to help me find my way;
But I’d rather watch a winner,
than hear one any day. Visit us at.