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O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge, and toward all Thy signs I set my heart. O Lord! Whether traveling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee. Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make me independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy! Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest, and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever Thou hast ordained for me. Thine is the absolute authority to command.
(The Bab, Baha’i Prayers, p. 55)
Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.
(Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 93)
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(Nabil H., Virtues In Us #30)
A smile is something if you give it away, Give it away, give it away
A smile is something if you give it away Then it comes right back to you
The Sharing Song
(Raffi, Singable Songs for the Very Young #17)
It’s mine but you can have some
With you I’d like to share it
‘Cos if I share it with you
You’ll have some too
Description of Pictures:
- Daily Activity #7
- Daily Activity #9
- Daily Activity #15
- Daily Activity #17
- Daily Activity #18
Comments about the lesson
I had never really thought so deeply about generosity before this lesson. I knew generosity was to give and share, but I had not considered the deeper meanings of giving without expectation of anything in return (at all!) and that to be generous means to be filled with a feeling of peace that there is enough for everyone in the world. Reflecting on the stories of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s generosity are so much more meaningful now that I have thought more about the deeper meanings of this virtue.
In Daily Activity #7 I wasn’t prepared for what my 4 year old was ready to give away! I think sometimes parents can be more emotionally attached to toys and belongings (especially given by grandparents or other relatives) than the children themselves. We are not going to give away everything he wants to give away (yet, at least) but the activity did give me some more considerations for what we will be hanging on to in the future and how we can go through the process of giving used belongings away to others.
I’m not sure if my son really grasped the concept in Daily Activity #9 but it helped me consider how generous I have been in the past and how I’d like to be in the future. At least he enjoyed running around!
I love the image in Daily Activity #15 and will be reminding myself of the quotation each time we light a candle, which we usually do once a week over dinner when we talk about what we are grateful for. Of course the song “Look at me” is wonderful to accompany this exercise!
Stone Soup (Daily Activity #17) was a huge hit in our children’s class! I had prepped containers of veggies, spices, and stock for the children to dump in and stir as we read the story. Then we cooked the soup during the last part of the class and ate lunch together afterward. I think it was definitely one of our most memorable exercises.