“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.