…who inspires courageous leaders of our future.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas (April 7, 1890 – May 14, 1998)
I can listen.
I can feel.
I can empathize.
I can forgive.
I can love.
I can better.
I can support.
I can speak.
I can share.
I can march.
I can serve.
I can donate.
I can understand.
I can be honest.
I can value.
I can cry.
I can change.
I can make a difference.
I can laugh.
I can hold.
I can stand.
I can challenge.
I can question.
I can grow.
I can learn.
I can vote.
I can improve.
I can volunteer.
I can protect.
I can hope.
I can believe.
I can teach.
I can lead.
I can follow.
I can act.
I can be.
In order to live as a human among humans I must learn to accept.
I must learn to accept that we are different. I must learn that we are the same. I must learn we share. I must learn I will not like everything. I must learn that not everyone will like me. I must learn that many times it’s better to focus on similarities rather than differences. I must learn that not all human aspects are good. I must learn to forgive.
In order to live a life that I myself can feel good about, I must, and will, stand up for righteousness.
I will lead by example. I will do good. I will be kind. I will speak justly. I will convey honesty. I will practice equality. I will appreciate diversity. I will look for commonality. I will share. I will understand. I will give. I will grow. I will listen. I will strive for betterment. I will serve. I will teach. I will encourage. I will compliment. I will support. I will practice. I will be vulnerable. I will gain courage. I will laugh. I will cry. I will accept. I will stand. I will love.
“A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones”― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
“We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“Good works is giving to the poor and the helpless, but divine works is showing them their worth.” ― Criss Jami, Killosophy
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
― Albert Einstein
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
― Anne Frank, diary of Anne Frank
“Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden
“Those who don’t value their words, will never value your wishes.”
― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words
-Some Fearsome thoughts- …It is time I again contemplated values. My values, good values, value of others, value of the material and value of the spiritual. Contemplation helps me to re-enforce my core beliefs and personal morals. I post these quotes for inspiration from words that resonate with me.
I’ve found in my life that by living my values, I lead by example. In some way we all lead others and in some way we all follow others. I sincerely hope I follow good ones and that those I lead have found a good leader. Each day I must try to simply do my best. I must strive to do good and share goodness.
We can each make the world a better place. We simply have to start with ourselves and start right where we are.
Why not start right now?
This Beard doesn’t quite believe that a bearded dude in a robe, possibly named Moses or somethingarother, went up some mountain only to return with stone tablets etched with commandments from a deity. Possible? Most likely not. But possibly plausible? Well yes anything is possible in the realm of the universe, stranger things have happened. But we aren’t here to debate whether this feat actually happened.
Anyahoo… them thar commandments themselves are, mostly, pretty good little suggestions for living a rather peaceful life. I mean who really has peace after committing murder?
It sure is is nice, too, when the persons who most often espouse these commandment thingys in others faces actually follow them in their own lives. I mean honestly, pun intended, if one is going to tell me to follow such suggestions, shouldn’t one be applying them in ones own life first? Morality is something one should practice before one preaches …is it not?
Then there is number 9. Number 9 is a good one. Number 9 states “Thou shall not bear false witness”.
For certain individuals who may be confused let me explain what those words mean in simpler terms: Don’t Lie.
It’s Wednesday. This morning we have a 90 minute in home massage to break up more of the post surgery scar tissue that still inhibits the use of our left shoulder. In preparation Fearsome desired a word to contemplate while receiving said massage. A contemplation as a meditation so to speak.
Due to recent news and circumstances, a word that came to mind and resonated with both of us this morning just happened to be:
…according to The Oxford English Dictionary can be defined as…
just behavior or treatment.
“a concern for justice, peace, and genuine respect for people”
synonyms: fairness, justness, fair play, fair-mindedness, equity, evenhandedness, impartiality, objectivity, neutrality, disinterestedness, honesty, righteousness, morals, morality
“I appealed to his sense of justice”
So we post this contemplation as a place for us to look back and remember where we were and what was important to us this day. We also share it as it may be a contemplation that one of you dear readers may also enjoy this day.
A wise man once said…