Mission and Ministry Matters: Simple truths about life

Monday, December 3, 2018

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by Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND, Chief Mission Leader at Jennings

For the past several months I have been writing about end of life decisions. Those are some heavy topics (but important ones) to consider. I thought I would end the calendar year with some reflections about life and relationships. Most of them I have absorbed through personal experience. The last one is attributed to Abraham Lincoln. If you look below the surface of these truths you will find Jennings’ five core values: Respect, Compassion, Community, Discovery of Potential, and Celebration of Life.

Some Simple Truths About Life and Relationships (In No Particular Order):

  • The only person I can change or control is myself.
  • I can’t make assumptions about other people’s reasons for what they do.
  • I can try to assume a positive reason about why people do things unless they specifically tell me otherwise.
  • FAMILY is a fundamental value in life, whatever shape it takes.
  • Life is too short to hold grudges.
  • I can try to nurture positive relationships by encouraging, complimenting, and appreciating others.
  • Sometimes it’s better to say nothing instead of speaking in haste or anger. I can always continue a conversation later when I am calmer.
  • All my life experiences make me who I am.
  • Life can make me better or bitter. Which do I want to be?
  • Everyone is hurting in some way and needs our compassion.
  • Often people will treat me the way I treat them.
  • Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. (Abraham Lincoln)

Can you think of any truths that you would like to add to the list?



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