Tips for Living
Jean Vanier died last month. He was a Catholic philosopher, humanitarian and author of many books. His father was the Canadian ambassador to France and Vanier served as an officer in the Royal Navy in WW II. His greatest contribution to the world came through his work with people with profound disabilities often rejected and ignored by others. In 1964, he founded L’Arche, an international federation of communities spread over 37 countries, for people with developmental disabilities and those who care for them. Over the years, he wrote 30 books on religion, disability, success, and tolerance. He sparked hope not only for people with intellectual disabilities but also for many others looking for deeper connections with others and a genuine sort of community that includes mutual respect and appreciation. I have often thought that Calvary Church learned how to love more fully because we get to know and love the members of the Grateful Hearts class.
Jean Vanier had these ten rules for living:
- Accept the reality of your body.
- Talk about your emotions and difficulties.
- Don’t be afraid of not being successful.
- In a relationship, take the time to ask “How are you?”
- Stop looking at your phone.
- Ask people, “What’s your story?”
- Be aware of your own story.
- Stop prejudice: meet people.
- Listen to your deepest desire.
- Remember that you’ll die one day.
Pretty good insight and advice for us all.
Grace and Peace to you.