Do you believe in justice or forgiveness?
I believe in both.
But I think justice needs to be defined first.
Justice requires us to do the right thing, even when it is hard and unpopular.
Justice also means doing the most good for the most people.
Without justice, there would be lawlessness.
After justice, there must be forgiveness.
Forgiveness is for both people, the wrongdoer and the wronged.
Hate and revenge are heavy burdens to bear.
“Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die.” – Nelson Mandela
Forgiveness allows a person to let go of their hate and need for revenge and unburden themselves.
Now that sounds great, but it is easier said than done.
You don’t have to forget what happened to forgive.
Forgiveness allows you to let go of what happened and move on in positive direction.
Some things are hard to forgive, but we have to try so that we can be free.
“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” – Paul Boose
Justice is the hardest of the four Stoic virtues.
Justice means doing the right thing even when it is hard and unpopular.
Justice requires you to live up to the other three virtues.
Justice requires the wisdom to know what the right thing is in any situation.
“The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.” – Aristotle
Justice requires the courage to do the right thing in the face of people who disagree with you and may even hate you for it.
“Courage is of no value unless accompanied by justice; yet if all men became just, there would be no need for courage.” – Agesilaus the Second
Justice requires the discipline to do the right thing again and again.
“[A] man has it in his power to be just, if he have but the will to be so.” – Plutarch, Lives: Life of Cato the Younger
We need to be just because it is the right thing no matter what others do or if we get praise.
“Live out your life in truth and justice, tolerant of those who are neither true nor just.” – Marcus Aurelius.
Justice is the reward in its own right. Don’t worry about what others think. What you think and do is all that matters.
Be strict with yourself and tolerant of others.
Courage – do what’s right especially when it’s hard and unpopular.
Have high expectations for everyone including myself.
Justice – every child should have what they need to succeed. Fair is not equal.
Relationships are key. “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Everyone should have a say in their environment.
Stop believing we know what is right about how every child learns. Ask them. Open our minds to new possibilities.
Wisdom – to have the humility to know that I don’t know everything and the confidence to continue to learn.
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” – Unknown
Learn with students and from everyone you come into contact with.
It is less about being right. It’s more about learning and considering different views.
“Am I hear to learn something or to prove something?“ – Holstee, Reflections newsletter
We should spend more time asking questions than pretending like we have all the answers.
We all need to rethink our beliefs regularly.
Discipline – to have control over my emotions and actions and to live my life according to these ideals.
“Excellence not perfection” – Adam Grant, Think Again Podcast.
Life is hard. You have to keep grinding every day no matter what.
“The impediment to action advances the action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” – Marcus Aurelius