Posts Tagged ‘respect’

Dr. Robert Fisch: Kissing the Cold, Hard Marble

January 3, 2014

Dr. Robert Fisch

Dr. Robert Fisch




I was blessed with a wonderful father and did my best to be the best father I could be as well. So I was especially moved by Holocaust survivor Dr. Robert Fisch‘s tribute to his father in his remarkable book, Fisch Stories: Reflections on Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Here are three excerpts that capture the quiet heroism of the father and the loving devotion of the son.







My father enjoyed everything life could offer: music, food, theater, playing dominoes, and so forth. He and my mother had a shop that sold poultry and game. He was an exceptionally good person, and he helped so many needy people, mostly children in orphanages. In 1944, when he was 53 years old, Hungarian Nazis took him to a Hungarian concentration camp near the German border. A survivor told me that on the way he gave his food away, saying “I (more…)

Namaste on Christmas Day

December 25, 2013

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Whatever your faith, whatever your beliefs, may the spirit of Namaste guide you to see every individual as a beloved child of God and all the Great (more…)

Elizabeth Gilbert: Make Room

June 14, 2013

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Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, posted this brief essay on her Facebook page today. It is an excellent reminder that every individual is complex and multifaceted. Just as you would not like others to reduce the fullness of who you are to one or two characteristics, it is vital to honor others for the fullness of their humanity.







THOUGHT OF THE DAY: MAKE ROOM
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Good morning, dear ones.

I went to bed last night—after a long visit with extended family this week—pondering this thought: The happiest people I have ever met seem to be the ones who are capable of holding two (or more) completely contradictory ideas in their heads at the same time.

They are able to look at a loved one and see how he is both marvelous and impossible (neither one nor the other, but absolutely both).

They are able to see their neighbors and friends as both generous and selfish, in equal measure.

They are able to look at a difficult situation and see that it is both painful and transformative, both a disaster and a terrific chance for a breakthrough.

They are able to regard their own lives as both noble and ridiculous.

They are able to see the world as both astonishingly benevolent and incredibly unjust.

The happiest people I know do not cling to one side of any duality, or draw firm lines in the sand.

They don’t render (more…)

Senior Moments

May 28, 2011

A few weeks ago, I held open the door of a McDonald’s in Cloquet, Minnesota, for an elderly man who was shuffling toward it at a glacial pace. When he realized I was holding the door for him, his face brightened and he thanked me as if I were a long-lost friend. He told me he was ninety-three, just a shade older than the 1918 Cloquet fire that laid waste to most of the city. He offered a few more kind words before heading to the counter to place his daily order. I got the impression that he didn’t get to talk to people as often as he would have liked. I found myself wondering if he had outlived most of his friends and loved ones, and if so, what a lonely existence that must be. For a brief moment, I had opened the door to his world and let a bit of sunshine in. I received something of equal value in return: a grateful smile and a genuine moment of human connection.

That encounter triggered a memory from nearly ten years ago. As a hospice volunteer, I do massage on terminally ill patients. One Sunday I (more…)

Let Your Mind Dwell on These Things

August 15, 2010

Live a life of integrity and you not only conduct yourself with honor, you honor the divine essence that connects us all by your compassionate, respectful conduct toward others.



You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
James D. Miles

Unless they give you a reason not to, you treat every person who crosses your path as if their level of integrity matches your own.

Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Just as every person unconsciously yields to the gravitational (more…)