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O God, my God! Aid Thou Thy trusted servants to have loving and tender hearts. Help them to spread, amongst all the nations of the earth, the light of guidance that cometh from the Company on high. Verily, Thou art the Strong, the Powerful, the Mighty, the All-Subduing, the Ever-Giving. Verily, Thou art the Generous, the Gentle, the Tender, the Most Bountiful.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Prayers, p. 173)
A kindly tongue is the lodestone of the hearts of men.
(Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 15)
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(Nabil H., Virtues In Us #31)
Share, share, share each day
Morning, noon and night
Let kindness fill your heart
With love happiness and light
I Think You’re Wonderful
(Red Grammer, Teaching Peace #4)
I think you’re wonderful when somebody says that to me
I feel wonderful, as wonderful can be
It makes me want to say the same thing to somebody new
And by the way I’ve been meaning to say
I think you’re wonderful too
Description of Pictures:
- Daily Activity #7
- Daily Activity #8
- Daily Activity #9
- Daily Activity #15
- Daily Activity #16
Comments about the lesson
I have always loved Red Grammer’s song (the second song in this lesson called “I think you’re wonderful”) but putting it into the context of this lesson’s quotation makes it all the more sweeter. Having a “kindly tongue” in every way and purposefully saying kind words at every opportunity really does make the day so much nicer!
For Daily Activity #7 we used feathers, and it was so sweet to see the kids enjoy being tickled gently by them. It was a hands-on approach to thinking about kind hands, beyond just saying “gentle touch” which we usually do, and a bit more memorable too!
My 20 month old is very attracted to animals but we do not have any pets of our own, so practicing how to touch other peoples’ pets by using a stuffed animal was great (Daily Activity #8). It was also a good opportunity to talk about being kind to insects, which my boys are fascinated by and sometimes want to hold or hurt depending on their fear of them!
What child doesn’t like a little sweet something to taste ? Daily Activity #10 really made the quotation for this lesson come to life (just had to be clear it was only a little bit we were tasting!).
Daily Activity # 19 was a great reminder for MYSELF! I often forget what it really means to be kind to myself, and yet I know modeling this is important for my kids to grow up and be kind to their own selves. It was helpful for this activity to be included in the lesson, so we do not forget kindness includes being kind to every single person, including our own self.