In light of the 2012 tragedies, I selected as my 2013 Morning Mantra or daily affirmation, “Tikkun Olam”, which is the Hebrew phrase to… “heal, repair, and restore the world”.
While I was developing the new Brain Color/Princess Shayna Program for the Elm Elementary school, which I wrote about yesterday and will write more about in future blogs, thoughts of my dear friend, Cantor Alan Smolen (of blessed memory), reminded me of “Tikkun Olam”.
I remembered Alan’s1997 Rosh Hashanah sermon, in which he said, “Princess Shayna is successful on her Vision Quest because she has had the proper support and encouragement to be prepared for life’s challenges. We all have the need to be loved and encouraged. It never stops no matter how old you are. Recognizing and appreciating the differences in people and how to properly use those special gifts to build a better world is the blessing of Tikkun Olam.”
Last month, my friend Carol Childers reminded me of “Tikkun Olam” while we were chatting about our “Grandmother” concerns for the world. Carol told me about her church congregation’s responses after she shared about Ann Curry’s amazing twitter page #26 Acts of Kindness during Sunday morning service. Later that day, I found the 26 Acts of Kindness Facebook Page with 96,035 likes 23,806 talking about the page. It was encouraging, refreshing, and joyful to read the responses and to think about how my personal acts of “Tikkun Olam” can add to the copious 26 Acts of Kindness to help heal, repair or restore the world.
Below are examples of “Brain Color Tikkun Olam”:
Yellow Brainers act respectfully and responsibly toward others
Blue Brainers authentically share their ideas and collaborate with others
Green Brainers offer solutions to others by demonstrating effective problem solving skills
Orange Brainers include others and relish their individuality
I trust I have encouraged you to contribute your color-filled “Praiseworthy Gifts” to:
H – Help
E – Encourage
L – Love
P – Pause to Appreciate
others and heal, repair, and restore the world!
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