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O Thou kind Lord! I am a little child, exalt me by admitting me to the kingdom. I am earthly, make me heavenly; I am of the world below, let me belong to the realm above; gloomy, suffer me to become radiant; material, make me spiritual, and grant that I may manifest Thine infinite bounties. Thou art the Powerful, the All-Loving.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Prayers, p. 35)
Beautify your tongues, O people, with truthfulness, and adorn your souls with the ornament of honesty.
(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 296)
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(Nabil H., Virtues In Us #24)
I tell the truth, I’m glad that I do.
I tell the truth, it’s the right thing to do.
I tell the truth, it’s my favorite virtue.
I always say what’s true, true, true.
Is doing the right thing
At the right time
And for the right reason
Description of Pictures:
- Daily Activity #11
- Daily Activity #12
- Daily Activity #14
- Daily Activity #16
- Daily Activity #18
Daily Activity #9:
Do you enjoy spending time with friends?
Do you like to play in the mud and get messy?
Do you wish you could eat as much icecream as you wanted?
Do you sometimes like to spend time by yourself?
Daily Activity #14:
Google any of the following dishes to find recipes with surprising ingredients.
Black bean brownies
Avocado chocolate pudding
Comments about the lesson
Doing this lesson, I found Truthfulness was a lot more complex than just telling the truth. There were elements of investigating truth for oneself, loving to learn about the truth, and being open to learning about others’ truths, as well.
We used finger puppets for Daily Activity #16 and it was interesting how my son tried to make everything the puppets said “true” by changing their answers around for them. I guess he’s not used to people blatantly lying to him. After talking it over, I think he did understand that you have to think about what people say when they say it, to consider if it’s actually truthful. We made the True and False signs with index cards and popsicle sticks. It was a little lesson in writing T and F, too.
For Daily Activity #11 and 12 I made up a story using a felt board for our Baha’i Preschool Class, and had the children say if things were true or false. Some examples were the number of clouds in the sky, a zebra flying, and animals building a shelter together to make shade. We talked about how some things were fun to think of in our imagination but they would not happen in reality.
Throughout the month I found my son asking if things were “true” or not since we had talked about how things we saw in shows and read about in books may not actually be real. It was interesting to think he may not have considered these things not being real before, at least to the extent he understands now.
I was thankful for Daily Activity #17 because it gave me an opportunity to discuss how I did not want my son to be scared to tell the truth but I wanted him to be able to tell me anything, even if it felt uncomfortable.