Respect is an attitude of honoring oneself and others and caring about their rights. Being respectful is reflected in the courtesy with which we speak, act and treat others. I practice respect when I am receptive to the wisdom of elders, honour people’s needs for time and space for themselves, Treat people not only the way they deserve to be treated, but also how I would like to be treated myself.
Saturday, February 05, 2005
Friday, February 04, 2005
Flexibility is being open to the need for change. It means getting rid of bad habits and learning good ones. It means not always having your own way, but being open to the opinions and feelings of others. I practice flexibility when I don’t insist on having my own way always, when I can adjust when something unexpected happens, when I try imaginative new ways to do things.
Thursday, February 03, 2005
Detachment is choosing how you will act in a situation rather than just reacting. It is experiencing your feelings without allowing them to control you. I practice detachment when I take time out before doing something I would be sorry for later, when I am thinking and feeling together. I choose to be my best self no matter what happens.
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Mercy is giving people more than they deserve whereas Justice is giving people what they deserve. It is a quality of the heart. It is the willingness to forgive when you are hurt. I practice Mercy when I overlook hurtful things people do, give people another chance when they make mistakes, put myself in other people’s shoes. I know what people deserve, however I give them more than they have earned.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Forgiveness means to stop punishing yourself or feeling hopeless because of something you did. It also means overlooking the mistakes others make and loving them just as much as before. I practice forgiveness when I take care of my feelings without taking revenge, take responsibility for my mistakes and remember that everyone makes mistakes. I have the power to keep changing for the better.