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Esteem and Open-mindedness

Open Mind Thomas KeatingChildren look freely on the world with curious eyes, eager to discover new experiences – open for everything and everybody.  The most amazing thing about children and their approach to the world is that they don’t judge.

Children are too young to have prejudgments, this fact makes them open-minded.  The way they look at events and people makes us think about ourselves and our approach to the world.

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An esteemful personality: Mahatma Ghandi

Gandhi: An AutobiographyIt’s no accident that Gandhi’s birthday – he was born October 2, 1869 – is celebrated at the same time as the International Day of Non-Violence.  Through his non-violent actions Gandhi set an important example for the whole world and will always be remembered as an inspiring and esteemful personality.

Gandhi demonstrated that if we want to create something positive we have to take positive actions.  Because he wanted to create peace and freedom for his country, he led others with his peaceful actions.

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World Smile Day

Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, MA and creator of the smiley face in 1963, started World Smile Day 10 years ago.

His goal was that people would dedicate a whole day to smiles and kind acts throughout the world.  He noted that the smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion and at least one day each year neither should we.

One of the easiest signs of esteem is a smile.  A simple smile gives people a feeling of being noticed and appreciated.  You can’t smile open-heartedly and have negative thoughts.  Smiling creates happiness in the receivers as well as the givers.

Today, on World Smile Day, we can give away our smile even more freely than on other days.  When we experience the positive impact of this powerful but simple sign of esteem we won’t stop smiling all the other days of the year.

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Esteem for Mother Teresa

Today is the birthday of Mother Teresa.  She was born 99 years ago on August 26, 1910.

August 27 is often mistaken as Mother Teresa’s birthday because it was the day of her baptism, which she held in the highest esteem.

During her life, she was an esteemful person who inspired countless others.  She was renowned as an advocate for the poor and forgotten people of the world.

She gave esteem to people who didn’t get esteem from society and received untold esteem for herself.

Mother Teresa set an example for people to continue her life work of giving esteem.  She’s a wonderful example for how esteem creates esteem.

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Esteem for history

Just because history lies deep in the past doesn’t mean it should be forgotten.  The history of our country and our heritage is a great example. 

One esteemful approach is respect toward our ancestors and their work.  One doesn’t have to look far to find great examples of thought and action.

Another esteemful approach is to learn of the mistakes of history in order to not repeat them.

Esteem toward history recognizes great heroic actions as well as the mistakes.

With esteem we don’t condemn history and our ancestors, but we appreciate and try to learn what we consider to be human and good.

Esteem and Vision of Humanity

Each year the Global Peace Index compiles a ranking of the most peaceful countries around the world.

In the last three years the same four countries have been ranked among the top 5 most peaceful.  This year New Zealand, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, are the first four countries of the list.  Because of involvement in several conflicts around the globe the USA came in at 83rd out of a total of 144 countries.

One of the most important indices for deciding if a country is peaceful or not is how conflicts are handled.   Conflicts can happen everywhere and anytime.  The question is how a country handles them.  If they solve their problems with mutual esteem they create a peaceful situation.

The Global Peace Index is considered as a Vision of Humanity, a great phrase for peaceful living.  In the end it’s up to each of us to make it possible for our country to walk the peaceful path.  When we live esteem in our daily life we create a portion of this vision of humanity.

Esteem for peacekeepers

Today is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

This day gives esteem to all the men and women serving in the United Nations peacekeeping operations for “their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage”.

Everybody who’s ever tried to make peace between people with contrary believes and opinions knows how difficult and delicate this task is.

Peacekeepers deserve esteem for their work.  They prepare the way among people for peace through mutual esteem.

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An esteemful personality: Dalai Lama

Last week the Dalai Lama visited Albany, NY sharing his simple message of tolerance, peace and happiness.

With his honest friendliness toward everyone who approaches him he demonstrates esteem in a deep and humble manner.

Dalai Lama is the renowned spiritual guide to devotees and Buddhists all over the world.  Despite his notoriety he says about himself: “I consider myself just a human being, one of 6 billion human beings. All 6 billion people are the same family. Everyone wants a happy life.”

It could be said that Dalai Lama personifies esteem.  Such an esteemful personality can be an example for us all.

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