In the light of Friday’s horrific event at Sandy Hook School, I decided to post this list of values now instead of at the New Year. Somehow we need to raise our children/students to embrace compassionate values so that senseless killings are a thing of the past. This is my wish for the holidays & coming year. I sent this to my children as part of my 75th birthday celebration. My note to them said: Here are the values I hope you have gleaned from me as your mother, heavily influenced by Judaism, Humanism, and life experiences.
Ethical Will from ellensue @ 75
With thanks to Rabbi Jeff
- Stay honest with yourself & others.â€¦it eliminates lying.
- Be kind to yourself & others. Loving kindness goes a long way to heal wounds.
- Be forgiving of your mistakes & those of others who are as perfectly imperfect as you are.
- Follow your passion @ least once a week, if not every day. Be it music, art, stamp collecting or reading, get lost in time & return refreshed.
- Give to others less fortunate than yourself, whether it is time, money, a helping hand, loving advice, or a kind look. We are all human beings who bleed when hurt.
- Have fun with your life. Donâ€™t study or work so hard that you forget to look @ the stars on a summer night, see the changing leaves in Fall, smell the flowers in Spring & watch the snow in Winter. Appreciate Nature.
- Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Donâ€™t whine & complain without doing something about it; get help when you need it; be thankful for your blessings.
- Stay connected to family & friends. Make amends; start over. If you canâ€™t forgive & forget, forgive & move on in peace.
- Follow the Golden Rule, and do unto others what you would have them do unto you.
10. Â Remember: Love is all there is, and I love all of you!
P.S. I learned from The Hunger Project long ago that there are three kinds of people in the world: those who make things happen, those who watch what happens, and those that at the end of their lives, say: â€œWhat happened?â€Â Which one will you be?
This is the Human Rights (new) Logo,which I posted earlier this month. I believe we have the right to safety in our homes, schools, and towns/cities. We need a conversation on how to make that happen. Any comments welcome.