Treat People Nice

Treat People Nice

On a recent college visit, I saw this sign hanging on a door.

The quote is by Maya Angelou and it is very powerful:

“People will forget what you said,
People will forget what you did,
But people will never forget how you made them feel.”

As human beings in this world, we come and go.

Our time here is finite.

We will be replaced by others.

What is truly memorable about us is our relationships and how we treat others.

When we show kindness to people or when we are cruel to others–these things are never forgotten.

Our interactions are the mark of who we are inside–do we sincerely care about others and the bigger picture or are we just plain selfish?

How about you–can you remember:

  • how that parent who loved you made you feel?
  • how that teacher who taught you made you feel?
  • how that friend who played with you made you feel?
  • how that boss who mentored you made you feel?
  • how that clergy who inspired you made you feel?
  • how that spouse who was your companion made you feel?
  • how those children who looked up to you made you feel?
  • how those colleagues who supported your work made you feel?

I’m sure you can also remember times when people made you feel not so good–perhaps, you scowled or even cursed them under your breath.

Getting results in life is not enough–we can’t do it by stepping on other people and really being successful that way.

Empathy and kindness or a hard heart and cruelty–you will be remembered one way or another. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Holocaust, Still a Nightmare In Our Souls

This is an amazing video of the horrors of the Holocaust expressed through modern-day Israeli Rap music and ballet interpretation.The video is to the violin accompaniment of a broken and wrenching tune of Adon Olam–a prayer in which we recognize the almighty–“When all shall end, He alone, shall reign supreme–He was. He is. He shall be. In glory.”The main part of the video starts at 0:45.The singer asks: “Why exterminate childrens’ dreams, adults’ memories?”

As he raps, we shall not forget–“A big scream…It is stuck inside me. Six million! burned in my memory.”

Again asked: “Who has the right to extinguish a culture?”

With Iran–the free world is threatened again.

Now we must “not to be afraid, to stand up!”

And “to live in dignity and to die in dignity.”

May G-d remember the souls of those murdered for merit and have mercy on mankind.

The children of David be strong–“The path to heaven is ‘survival.'”

“Dust to dust, our souls go to heaven.”

This Fish Doesn’t Bite

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It’s annual Shark Week–apparently, there is now a dedicated week for just about everything.

Although I am not sure how that works with only 52 weeks a year…unless every week is “dedicated” to multiple honors, rememberances, etc.

Like they say, everyone/everything gets their five minutes of fame.

This picture is of the Discovery Building in downtown Silver Spring.

Yeah, there is a ginormous shark head hanging off the side of the building (and you can see a little bit of the fins and tail hanging off the sides).

This guy, turned around and staring at the shark head, practically missed his ride, but then again this is not something you see everyday on the way to work.

Jaws meet DC commuters/workforce–we’re not running from this gefilte fish. 😉

>Never Lose Faith; Never Give Up

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I really liked this story on CNN (source WRAL) on Holocaust survivor, Morris Glass, who is having his bar-mitzvah at 83–Mazel tov!

Mr. Glass was denied his rite of passage as a teenager to become a bar-mitzvah, because his family, like so many at the time, where being murdered by the Nazi’s in the Holocaust.

As he is one of the dwindling few Holocaust survivors left to tell his story–I value and appreciate these lessons that Mr. Glass shares in the interview:

– Be grateful for your loved ones.

– Never forget that terrible things happened to people (slavery, murder…) and could happen again, if not prevented.

– Everything you do, you should do right, even the little things.

– You are free to serve G-d, not free from responsibility.

– You are the future.

– Never lose faith; never give up.

To me, these are lessons in life and in leadership that are universal whether we are at bar-mizvah age (13) or at 83 and whether you are you celebrating Passover, Easter, or whatever.

Happy holidays.

>A Time To Remember

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Someone sent me this cartoon today and I was moved by it.

As much as we want to look to the future, it is important to remember the past and the many millions who perished in the most horrible and cruel way.

And as we continue to live in times of upheaval and extremism, the lessons of just 60+ years ago, of the Holocaust, are as relevant today as ever.

As someone who is always looking at technology as the answer to everything (understanding of course, that all true answers come from above), this is a pause for me to question what if any are the limits to change and innovation?

My hope, of course, is that we can rid ourselves of hatred, bigotry, intolerance, and extremism and instead work together for the betterment of all humankind.

As long as our minds are blocked by hatred, we (in the collective) will never be able to realize our ultimate potential.

I believe in a future where we will ALL together achieve technological breakthroughs that will surpass anything that we can imagine today; where we will indeed travel–perhaps to the stars–together as one, not divided by race or religion any longer, but united in our commonality and strength and desire to achieve a future of hope, health, peace, and success for all.

(Source cartoon: Wiley)