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"What has our world come to?
And, what can you do to help the situation?"
The first thing each of us can do is look at our own
ATTITUDES and ACTIONS.
We believe that is where Lasting CHANGE
can take hold, One Heart at a time.
ACCEPTANCE is a two way street. Respecting everyone's right to choose and believe as they wish, as long as, in doing so, it does not infringe on another's rights. First, “I” need to concentrate not so much on what "I" think needs to be changed in the world, as on what needs to be changed in ‘ME” and in “MY” attitudes. annonymous
definition: the act of accepting something or someone
: the quality or state of being accepted and acceptable
COMPASSION is a two way street. "The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being." Dalai Lama- Spiritual Leader
definition: a feeling of wanting to help
someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc.
TOLERANCE is a two way street. "How do we create a harmonious society out of so many kinds of people? The key is tolerance--the one value that is indispensable in creating community." Barbara Jordan- Civil Rights Activist
definition: willingness to accept feelings,
habits, or beliefs that are different from your own
Have you ever watched young children on the playground? They are awesome. They are color blind. It's only when adults change their view with hateful attitudes and actions about others that their views become tainted.
What would our world look like if we all kept the pure outlook of a child? That's the world I want to live in. What about You?
Seven Detestable Sins
: control over one's own actions or feelings that keeps one from doing things one wants to do but should not do. Prudence to judge between actions with regard to appropriate actions at a given time; proper moderation between self-interest, versus public-interest, and against the rights and needs of others.
: having or showing great concern for other people and little or no concern for yourself.
Love, in the sense of an unlimited loving kindness towards all others, is held to be the ultimate perfection of the human spirit, because it is said to both glorify and reflect the nature of God. Such love is self-sacrificial.
: working very hard : not lazy
A zealous and careful nature in one's actions and work; decisive work ethic, steadfastness in belief, fortitude, and the capability of not giving up.
Budgeting one's time; monitoring one's own activities to guard against laziness.
: able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people
: done in a careful way over a long period of time without hurrying
Charity, compassion and friendship for its own sake; empathy and trust without prejudice or resentment. Unselfish love and voluntary kindness without bias or spite. Having positive outlooks and cheerful demeanor; to inspire kindness in others.
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less. It is a spirit of self-examination; a hermeneutic of suspicion toward yourself and charity toward people you disagree with. Modest behavior, selflessness, and the giving of respect.
The courage of the heart necessary to undertake tasks which are difficult, tedious or unglamorous, and to graciously accept the sacrifices involved. Reverence for those who have wisdom and those who selflessly teach in love.
Giving credit where credit is due; not unfairly glorifying one's own self. Being faithful to promises, no matter how big or small they may be.
Chastity / Self-Control – Discretion of conduct according to one's state in life; the practice of courtly love. Cleanliness through cultivated good health and hygiene, and maintained by refraining from intoxicants.
Ignorance breeds suffering; education and self-betterment embraces moral wholesomeness and achieves purity of thought.
The ability to refrain from being distracted and influenced by hostility, temptation or corruption
“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:" (Proverbs 6:16-19)
Haughty eyes - Simple Definition of haughty
: having or showing the insulting attitude of people who think that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people
A lying tongue - Definition of lying
: marked by or containing falsehoods : false <a lying account of the accident>
Hands that shed innocent blood - Simple Definition of innocent
: not guilty of a crime or other wrong act
: not deserving to be harmed
: lacking experience with the world and the bad things that happen in life
A heart that devises wicked schemes - Simple Definition of wicked
: morally bad
: having or showing slightly bad thoughts in a way that is funny or not serious
: very bad or unpleasant
Simple Definition of scheme
: a clever and often dishonest plan to do or get something
: an official plan or program of action
: the way that something is arranged or organized
Feet that are quick to rush into evil - Simple Definition of evil
: morally bad
: causing harm or injury to someone
: marked by bad luck or bad events
A false witness who pours out lies - Lying, reporting an incident based on lies. Testifying with lies.
A man who stirs up dissension among brothers -
Simple Definition of dissension
: disagreement that causes the people in a group to argue about something that is important to them without regard for whats important to others.
Seven Deadly Sins
: the act or habit of eating or drinking too much
“for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags” (Proverbs 23:21)
: a selfish desire to have more of something (especially money)
"The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper." Proverbs 28:25
Slothfulness (Laziness) –
: disinclined to activity or exertion: not energetic or vigorous:
"Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry." Proverbs 19:15
strong vengeful anger or indignation: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1)
Envy – painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage: “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation” (1 Peter 2:1-2).
Pride - quality or state of being proud – inordinate self esteem:
“Where there is strife, there is pride,
but wisdom is found in those
who take advice.” (Proverbs 13:10).
Lust – to have an intense desire “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28).
All any of us can do is be the best we can possible be today, and ask forgiveness when we fall short or hurt someone's feelings when we fall short.
In doing so, you can mend a heartache and show others it's okay to admit when you're wrong. In fact, it's the only way to heal yourself and others.
Recognizing and admitting something in you needs to change is the first step in making a positive change.
When you can look at yourself and see something that needs improvement and focus on working on you, you set a great example in your world.
Actions Speak Much Louder Than Words!
At the same time, if someone falls short, acts ugly or says hurtful things,
DON'T TAKE IT PERSONALLY!
Nothing has meaning until you assign it. So instead of playing the "tit for tat" game, show kindness and compassion, they are most likely hurting and taking it out on you.
If someone called you "A Blue Volkswagen" does that make you a blue volkswagen? Of course not, so just because someone says something hateful it doesn't mean anything, and it doesn't make you anything, unless you assign that to yourself.
So, Be kind to yourself, be kind to others.
And make the choice to Be The Problem Solver by exercising the Seven Virtues and setting a good example.
Do you want to live in a better America?
Do you believe ACCEPTANCE, COMPASSION AND TOLERANCE can make a difference in our society?
Do you agree each of us has a responsibility to ourselves and others in our making good choices?