What If …

Carol A. Hand

What if –
We believed everyone is born
With a special gift to offer the world
Each one has a unique and necessary role to play
That no one else can fill

What if –
We welcomed and nurtured each new child
Enfolded them in love and warmth
Helped them develope their gifts
Encouraged them to share their spirit song joyfully

What if –
We learned that all life is sacred
And found ways to live in peace
To tend our gardens together and share
To blend our voices in harmony

Dreaming of possibilities is the first step …


Acknowledgment: This was written in gratitude to the Tribal staff for the Honoring Our Children Project who created initiatives to welcome each new child and rebuild communities, and to my granddaughter, Ava, for inspiring me to draw.

Copyright Notice: © Carol A. Hand and carolahand, 2013-2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Carol A. Hand and carolahand with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


About Carol A. Hand

What matters are not the titles I’ve held or university degrees I earned or the size of a house or bank account. It’s really what I’ve learned from ordinary people like me whom I’ve met along the way. They taught me to live with gratitude and give thanks for each new day.
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25 Responses to What If …

  1. Lovely and my sentiments exactly. We are all here for a purpose and we need to discover it and share our blessings. I’d like to reblog your beautiful peom, if it is OK with you.

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  2. Reblogged this on This & That and commented:
    This is a lovely poem from Carol Hand and expresses what I feel. Everyone is here for a purpose, a reason and we should embrace that and love each other.

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  3. smilecalm says:

    such dreams
    as this
    give rise
    to hope 🙂

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  4. This is really nice and I love what it says! The way you put it is elegant and subtle

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  5. Debra says:

    A world based on love instead of destruction? Sounds about right to me.

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  6. susanissima says:

    The world would be such wonderful place, if only… Love your poem, Carol, and as I was reading I saw such beautiful images and thought that this would make a sweet picture book.

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  7. Wouldn’t it be wonderful, Carol, if all you what if’s came true!!! Love, N 🙂 ❤

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  8. hsampson says:

    Beautiful Carol! thanks for sharing. This made my day! Thank you!

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  9. mandy says:

    Really lovely, Carol. ❤️

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  10. As far as I can see, nearly everyone in my circle of friends already shares these beliefs. The cause of their suffering seems to lie elsewhere – in their ruthless exploitation and oppression by a criminal corporate elite.

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    • I’m glad to hear that your circle of friends is healthy, Stuart. As I contemplate the sources of exploitation and oppression, I can only conclude that the “criminal corporate elite” are the ones with the deepest holes in their souls. I wonder how many ever knew real love and compassion as children. It’s hard for me to imagine the childhoods of the Koch brothers, Trump, or Walker. It’s not something I envy…

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  11. Tiny says:

    It would be wonderful, Carol!

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  12. Beautiful, Carol; the poetry, the art, the thought, the belief — the person.

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