Sample Words of Wisdom

sample wisdom

While I didn’t say these words, they really encapsulate how I try to live and how I try to raise my kids to live their lives.—C.B.R.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

I use this one all the time—“Even Mary Poppins was only practically perfect.”—M.A.

My mom told me on my wedding day that the secret to her marriage with my father was “never go to bed angry.” I live by this and to this day try to resolve and let go of as much “baggage” as I can before I sleep. I’m happier and I sleep better!—E.P.

I always told my kids, “Don’t cry because it is over, laugh because it happened.”—L.A.

Whenever I am overwhelmed with something new in my life, I remember what I told myself when I learned I was pregnant with my first child: “Dumber people than me have done it, and I am not dumb: I can do this.” It works every time.—L.S.Read the rest

PIRKEI AVOT: Chapter 1, Mishnah (Teaching) 2

Shimon HaTzadik was one of the last members of the Great Assembly. This was a favorite teaching of his:

The world rests on three things-

On Torah, on Service of God and on deeds of love.

wisdom-of-mothers-three

This is possibly one of the most well known passages of Pirkei Avot. In it, Shimon HaTzadik implies that with these three items the world will be sustained. Torah can be widely translated as learning. Service of God is our modern day notion of prayer and upholding the laws of the Torah. Acts of love is simple. Simply loving one another, showing kindness and compassion to each other will certainly help us to sustain and continue to bring good and blessing into our world.

But, I read these and they feel a bit sterile, they don’t seem to hit on what I crave in both my professional life and my life as a mother.

As a professional, my world rests on the notion of Mentorship, honest conversation and Partnership. When I work in an environment that provides me with these three items I find myself growing, being sustained and uplifted.

As a mother, my world rests on patience, observation and deeds of love. These … Read the rest

Study Guide #2

wisdom-of-mothers-study-guideFrom PIRKEI AVOT, Chapter II, Mishnah 6

“A boor cannot be reverent; an ignoramus cannot be pious;
A shy person cannot learn; an ill-tempered person cannot teach;
Not everyone engrossed in business learns wisdom.
Where there are no worthy persons, strive to be a worthy person.”

Questions for self-study or group discussion

  1. Have you ever had a situation where you had to stand up to be counted? For an unpopular opinion? To help someone? To be a role model in a situation needing one? How did you feel?
  2. Have you ever had a situation where you didn’t stand up to be counted, and later wished you had? How did you feel? What would you do differently next time?
  3. What does the word “worthy” mean to you?
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Study Guide #1

wisdom-of-mothers-study-guideFrom PIRKEI AVOT, Chapter I, Mishna (Verse) 2

Shimon Ha-Tzadick was one of the last members of the Great Assembly.

This was a favorite teaching of his:

The world rests on three things—

On Torah, on service of God, on deeds of love.

 

Questions for self-study or group discussion

If we were to change the word “world” to a different word/s, a whole new message could be created using the same formula. For example, is we chose the word “mentoring” and three new words on which that rests, the new sentence might read, “Mentoring rests on three things:   patience, experience, and communication.”

Rewrite the original sentence, typed above in bold print, using the same formula. Change the word “world” to other words, followed by three things on which you think it rests, as in. “__________ rests on three things: _________, __________, and ___________.” You might want to try this withn more than one subject.… Read the rest