Thursday, February 12, 2009

Being Left Invaluables

"I leave you love. I leave you hope. I leave you the challenge of developing confidence in one another. I leave you respect for the use of power. I leave you faith. I leave you racial dignity."

--Mary McLeod Bethune

In times of loss or departure to leave these, what invaluables that would be.


Brosreview said...

So true!!! These simple things in life are so valuable.

If I may, I recall one of my tutors at school telling us that students drop the f-bomb that they learn at around high-school times more than using the three golden words taught at kinder garden - please, sorry and thank you.

It's true, isn't it? I mean, I don't mean all do the same, but most of them do.

I felt it quite awkward when my parents would force me to use the golden words at home while speaking to them as well. My friends would call my parents weird. But, now, I see the point - they were making me get so used to it that I could use it and mean it throughout my life.

I believe everybody have these good thoughts within their conscience. But, it is the choice they make to abide by it or not.

AH, Judith, you've got me thinking as always. Thank you.

judith ellis said...

Brosreview - You may always share your stories here and I am glad that you do. Your parents were very wise and I, like you, am very appreciative for lessons learned early on.

Growing up we could not use the word hate with regards to other people. It was strickly forbidden. Now, love, we could use freely.

To this day when I speak with my siblings, we always end our conversations with "I love you." I say the same to my friends often.

dave wheeler said...


As always a message that captures the essense of hope, faith, and the roadmap to making our lives and communities better.


judith ellis said...

It is my pleasure, Dave. For such words and actions of love and forgiveness, Mary McLeod Bethune has been a role model of mine every since I was very young. She was a great educator, communicator, and person of love. Dr. Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt brought change for African Americans and women together; they were very close friends.