“When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.” - Unknown
This is beautiful. We all have good memories of the people that have touched our lives, and in those memories we have many treasures. As life goes on, we learn that the very best moments come when we treat each other with love, respect and dignity - up to the very end. I hope we continue to create and cherish these new memories, and find joy in knowing that no one can take any of the treasures we have collected. They are priceless.
“Never take a person’s dignity: it is worth everything to them, and nothing to you.” - Frank Barron, psychologist (1922-2002)
Sunday, Debbie Anderson spoke to us about honoring people with Alzheimers or dementia. It is so important that we treat all people with the same dignity that we wish for ourselves, no matter what stage in life they are in. It costs us nothing to be kind to all people, and the benefits are so great for each of us.
"Every soul is beautiful and precious; is worthy of dignity and respect, and deserving of peace, joy and love." - Bryant H. McGill, human potential thought leader, international bestselling author, activist, and social entrepreneur
Sometimes, especially when we totally disagree with another person, it is hard to treat a person with the same respect as we would want from them. There are many current examples of how difficult this can be. My guess is the person or group, who we disagree with is thinking the same thing about us. These are the times that we must look within ourselves and honor ourselves. These are the times we are probably most grateful for having UUCL in our lives.
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” - Edward Everett Hale, author, historian and Unitarian minister (1822-1909)
We come together during our services, talk backs, and such groups as the Seven Principles, our book club and upcoming spiritual growth series. We have kept together during the past year, and that speaks volumes for our relationships with each other. As we go forward, we will support each other and work together to keep our congregation strong. We can celebrate our past accomplishments, and we will cherish our new successes.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” - Aesop
We all receive and give gifts of kindness. These gifts are a large part of our happiness, no matter if you were the giver or the receiver. Even reading or hearing about gifts of kindness between others will give us a smile. We just need to recognize these acts and celebrate the happiness it delivers. The best part is acts of kindness are part of our daily lives, and that we can all appreciate.
"Let us be grateful for the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." - Marcel Proust, French Novelist (1871-1922)
I hope all of us have such people in our lives, people who make us happy. People we can count on to make our day just a little brighter. In turn, we can be the charming gardeners who make ourselves and others happy. Everyone needs happiness to truly blossom and to add to the garden of life. I further hope your inner happiness blossoms and shines brightly.
“To me bravery is to stand up for what you believe in.” - Sophie Turner, actress
Most of us have been, are now in, and will be in positions where we know our beliefs are contrary to others. Think about what you did or will do. I imagine that most of us at least expressed our views, and probably did more. We understand the importance of being brave. We saw seven examples of bravery this week. Let’s be grateful for our own bravery and for all who show bravery.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass... It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” - Vivian Greene, British writer
Many of us can still feel the rain that has been with us for too long. The storm may have past, but the intermittent showers continue. Now is the time for us to take out our umbrellas of knowledge, love and compassion, and dance in the rain. The larger our umbrellas the more we can invite to our party.
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” - Maya Angelou
We have uncertain times ahead, and we have paths to choose. My hope is we choose love for the change we want to see. This way our energy and efforts will focus on what we want the world to be. Not everyone will be on the same path, but at least we know we loved enough to give ourselves and others hope for a better tomorrow.
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars and see yourself running with them.” - Marcus Aurelius, philosopher
The beauty of a new season is right around the corner. This Spring should be extra special after a rather trying year. Soon we will be welcoming the flowers, new leaves and warm weather. All year we can look up to the sky at dusk and see magnificent colors. Life is beautiful.