Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders > Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?
Seven words, hmmm. There are seven billion & more people in this planet. There are thousands of languages circulating around Earth. And I’ve known a lot of words so imagine how hard for me to think of seven words. But still, ‘Challenge Accepted!’.
I thought of giving a seven-word quote but changed my mind. So here’s my seven words…
1. Love. This word is important. It justifies what we do, what we think, how we do things and how we see life. Love is a universal language; easy to understand and embrace. Love is the reason of our existence and surely it is everywhere. Love is the reason why we are happy, sad, contented, eager, surviving, breathing, etc.
“Where there is love, there is life.”
2. Understanding. This word helps us accept our individual differences. We are walking and living our lives distinctively. And because of this, we have become unique individuals with peculiar personalities. To understand each other is important for us to be able to move around this world. The thought of us knowing each other matters. We have to embrace our diversities to achieve peace and unity.
“No man is an island.”
3. Knowledge. This word helps us in facing our daily challenges. We need this to think right. We need this to weigh things. We need this to give sound judgment. We need this to deal with life’s puzzles. It is not just the information. It’s everything. Knowledge gives us the chance for a better life. Always seek for knowledge and use it right.
“Knowledge is love, light and vision.”
4. Humility. We all want success in every thing we do. Who wouldn’t? But there is no point of putting ourselves on a pedestal. Success does not give us the right to treat ourselves as superiors among others. Be polite. Be courteous. Be simple. Be grateful. We are all created equal and whatever you’ve achieved will not change that. Be humble for you to maintain good relationship with others. Humility will keep you grounded.
“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”
5. Respect. This word means to value one’s self and others. We have to value our being; our talents, skills, knowledge, strengths and even weaknesses. We respect ourselves if we accept our essence. Respecting ourselves means appreciating what we have and what we can do. Self-respect gives us confidence and dignity. There is also a need to respect others. Respect for differences. We have to let them know that they are valued, appreciated and recognized. We have to respect each other because it motivates us to become even better. Also, we have to respect this planet; the animals, the plants, the lands, the seas, the air and everything in it. It’s our role to protect and love them.
“Respect begets respect.”
6. Honesty. This is truthfulness in speech & action. It is integrity. It means choosing not to deceive, lie, cheat or steal. It means choosing what is right and just. It’s being genuine and virtuous. Honesty is essential because it is the only way you can gain trust from others. Honesty builds stronger relationships. It also gives peace of mind and helps you become a better person.
“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”
7. Responsibility. Life is a gift, a chance to exist and see the wonders of this world. We are given the freedom to do the things that will make us happy. But don’t forget to be responsible. You are not alone. Be sensitive. Be cautious. Think before you say and do anything because you might end up hurting others. When you make mistakes, own it, accept it and make it right. Always remember that in every action, there’s an opposite reaction. We might not know everyone, that’s impossible, but we are in a way connected with each other. So be responsible no matter what.
“Your life begins to change the day you take responsibility for it.”
I can still go on and on but the challenge only asks for seven. Fine. Hmmm. 🙂
Agspeak, House of Beautiful People, 11/1/2013