A Gift that
If you lead a team of people
A Gift of Poetry can be a truly inspirational way of getting your message
across (as motivation often comes from the heart).
Rhonda had a different idea, she wanted to say
thank you to a rather special customer. However, the result ended up being
quite inspirational (for others as well).
(Rhonda has kindly given her permission for
and story to be published)
- Some people can see, others have vision
Full Name: Rhonda
Who do you want the poem written for?: Becca
Why do you want the
poem written ?: I am a hairstylist and Becca is a client of mine who is
graduating high school this year. Becca is blind and spent the majority of her
school years going to a special school for the blind. But Becca wanted to be
able to attend a real high school (i am not sure how many years of high school
she has done but she is a graduating senior now) so her parents hired a
special aid to be with Becca at school and because of this, and Becca's
hardworking, determined attitude and her loving parents who have made Becca
the center of their whole world, she was able to attend and graduate from a
real reg. high school in June. I think that all of her hard work, and
overcoming the obvious obstacles that she has, she needs to be told how very
special she is. I want to express to her how inspirational she has been to me
through a poem. Becca is the sweetest girl with a heart of gold. She is always
happy, optimistic, and smiles all of the time.
Key Messages: I guess the key messages I
want to send I just wrote out above. I want a poem that will be so special
that both the parents and she will keep it forever. I want the poem to touch
not only her heart but also give the credits due to her parents and somehow
mention who inspirational all 3 of them have been to me. I have watched her
grow up over the years and totally adore her and her optimistic, accepting
attitude. She loves everyone and especially enjoys working with young
children. She is planning to work at a day care after graduation but that is
not definite yet. She will be great doing that as children love her.
Other Comments: If I like this poem I hope
to find some way to have it both in Braille for Becca and also something for
her parents to be able to frame and be proud of as it will talk about the type
of warm loving person she is and what caring parents she has to have gotten
her this far.
Style: I am not sure really.
Maybe happy but serious too?
Last thoughts: This should have a
graduation kind of theme to it.
Unfortunately, there are many that
through just life and circumstance,
they happen to be blind,
but then there are others who are
and they're a rare breed and so
very hard to find.
Visionaries see past obstacles that
others would otherwise see,
they don't let mere boulders get in
they know that life is for the
and they don't let trivia ruin
And like little children splashing
in a puddle,
which, after all, is little more
than a dip filled with rain,
you show others how to make the
most of their difficulties,
you show others how to live, how to
Those without vision, look at a
and see that it is far too high to
but visionaries blink, go ahead and
reach the summit,
never stopping to wonder if they've
got the time.
Visionaries live to inspire others,
instinctively, they take the higher
and wiser ground,
they have a built in sense of grit
although it's a kind of inner peace
that they've found.
Because, Becca, you are indeed a
and maybe this is something you've
never been told,
not only are you a very special
you're the sweetest girl with a
heart of gold.
You are always so happy and
and your face is set with a natural
and permanent smile
and I wanted you to know that
you've inspired me,
because even I feel down (just once
in a while).
But then your courage and
determination raise me up,
your happiness makes me soar to
and I'm so glad that you're sharing
because you're making others see
And with that vision I dream of a
where people are inspired and care
for one another,
I dream of what could be possible,
I see the potential in every man,
child, girl and mother.
So I would just like to thank you,
for giving me your truly remarkable
you've given me your vision, your
inspiration, your knowledge,
you've even shared some of your
And your parents have done a
because they have helped you become
who you are
and no matter what you do after you
I know you'll excel, in fact,
you'll be a shining star.
Because stars send out their love
and light to us,
no matter what distance may keep us
they are there to inspire us, to
give us vision
and yes, they are always, very
much, within our heart.
Copyright Allen Jesson :) 2003
Rhonda kindly replied after the first draft:
"I have showed this poem
to a lot of my clients to get their opinion and they ALL love it. Some of my
clients are teachers and they pointed out 3 sentences that they suggested the
spelling be changed. I hope it is not too late to make these 3 small changes.
If it is not the 3 sentences are these:
1) Those (change to
WITH, instead of without) vision, look at a mountain (Left as is after
2) But then your courage
and determination (change to RAISE, instead of raises) me up (Changed in
3) they have a (change
to BUILT IN, instead of in built) sense of grit and determination (Changed
in 2nd draft)
Thank You once again.
Rhonda kindly replied after the second draft:
"Thanks Allen. The poem
is perfect. By the way, I forgot to answer your question in my reply to your
first post that yes, you have my permission to publish this poem and Becca's
story if you wish. In fact, I would feel honored. Thanks again."
PS If you're looking for
a hairdresser who obviously cares about her customers, please get in touch
with Rhonda here:
Name: Rhonda Weaver
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