How It Works
The If I can... Selection of 73 Values
The website offers a daily ‘If I can...’ statement concerning a one of 73 values which are divided into 12 main themes:
PEACE (Stillness, Inner Silence, Purity, Equanimity, Mindful Awareness)
RESPECT (Faith, Obedience, Dignity, Absence of Criticism, Courtesy)
LOVE (Compassion, Benevolence, Caring, Devotion, Absence of Hatred )
TOLERANCE (Patience, Absence of Anger, Forgiveness, Tactfulness, Moderation)
HONESTY (Trust, Integrity, Honour, Justice, Openness)
HUMILITY (Gentleness, Harmlessness, Kindness, Selflessness, Absence of Pride)
COOPERATION (Sincerity, Generosity, Gratitude, Loyalty, Reliability)
HAPPINESS (Contentment, Harmony, Beauty, Friendship, Hope)
RESPONSIBILITY (Courage, Determination, Perseverance, Service, Steadfastness)
SIMPLICITY (Consistency, Temperance, Calmness, Stability, Innocence)
FREEDOM (Self-Control, Creativity, Enthusiasm, Discipline, Strength)
UNITY (Self-Knowledge, Discrimination, Detachment, Wisdom, Meditation)
- THEN… LIBERATION
The Daily Offering - 3 Images
1) An 'If I Can...' Statement
Statements are offered in a variety of formats:
"If I can remember to say Thank You…"
"If I can see that the simple offering of love and compassion is the key to helping create a more peaceful world."
"If I can keep my mind calm and clear THEN constancy will
prevail even when faced with the unexpected."
There are some statements where instead of 'If I can...', what is more
appropriate is If we can...
"If we can see that working individually we are like drops in the
ocean, but working together we are the ocean."
2) A Quotation
Down through the ages there have been numerous statements about the true value of values coming from cultures from around the world. The statements have been made not only by spiritual and religious leaders, but by people from all walks of life, speaking about the benefits gained by living the values and the suffering and pain when the values are transgressed.
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love. This is the eternal rule. - Buddha
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. - Nelson Mandela
God helps those who persevere. - The Qu’ran
Nonviolence is not a cloistered virtue to be practiced by the individual for peace and the final solution, it is rule for the conduct of society. - Mahatma Gandhi
Strive constantly to serve the welfare of the world; by devotion to selfless work one attains the supreme goal of life. - The Bhagavad Gita
Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hate. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness. - Corrie ten Boom
If you are going through hell, keep going. - Winston Churchill
Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter: whoever finds one has found a treasure.
Faithful friends are beyond price; no amount can balance their worth.
Faithful friends are life-saving medicine; and those who fear the Lord find them. - The Bible, Ecclesiasticus
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
3) A Question for Reflection
Questions are offered for consideration as a means of self-examination, exploring the degree to which the value is understood and lived. It is recommended that you start by sitting quietly, letting both the body and mind come to rest and then ask yourself the question. By quietly reflecting on the question you will be better able to receive insights that help establish greater clarity and understanding of your current situation and also to begin building confidence about the benefits to be accrued from living the value.
Here are some examples:
What are the most common thoughts that distract my attention from the task in hand?
What does faith really mean to me?
Consider what activity or person has an effect of lighting up my life?
When confronted, do I seek merely to defend & defeat or also to listen and seek what lessons are to be learned?
Have I ever done anything that resulted in me not being trusted by another and if so, what did it feel like not being trusted?
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