The value of a life can never be
Determined by a title or degree
Those little scraps just clutter up the wall
They're really not worth very much at all
If a mind is blind and simply can not see
The surpassing value of humility
Yes, all your learning has truly been for naught
Just a waste of time if it has not taught
That worth is not defined at all you see
By what you've learned or by a school decree.
Be proud of what you've done; you have done well
-How far you'll go, well, who of us can tell?
You did your best; you gave it all you had
You should be thrilled; you should be very glad
But as you hang that frame upon your wall
Just ponder, please, these wisest words of all...
It's not worth a thing without integrity
And worth still less without humility
If you heed these words, yes, take them to your heart
You'll surely be a scholar who's truly smart!
And slight is the sting of his trouble
Whose winnings are less than his worth;
For he who is honest is noble,
Whatever his fortunes or birth.~~~Alice Cary, ~Nobility~