We decided to start a Family Manifesto with a collection of topics supported by definitions, opposites, Scripture, quotes and calls to action. The idea is to discuss and collect information about having emotional and mental awareness.
I believe that you can’t give what you don’t have so the first priority is to take care of yourself. I explained how in a plane you are told to put on your oxygen mask first. I also explained how in Mass, the priest asks to receive from Christ, then the priest gives communion to the ministers and the ministers to the congregation. All this, to say that you can’t give what you haven’t first received.
We added Genesis 1:26-27 about being made in the image of God. We also added Psalm 139:14a I will give thanks to you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Opposite – Avoid negative talk about yourself to other or in your head.
How do we take care of our needs?
Sleep – Get adequate rest according to age and need.
Oxygen – Go outside for fresh air and protect our trees
Water – Obtain clean water and protect our waterways
Healthy foods – fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains….eat a variety and try new foods.
Exercise – gym, walk, taekwondo, yoga
Spiritual growth – Scripture memorization and meditation, prayer, attend Mass and learn about the saints.
Intellectual growth – Going to school but continuing to learn after school through Khan Academy, Duolingo and reading.
Social/Emotional connection – spend time together and talk.
Keep body clean and safe – washing, clothing, sunscreen
Keep environment clean and safe – Don’t leave toys in walkways to cause falls.
I have titled a whole bunch of pages using the fruits of the Spirit, the tenets of taekwondo, the seven habits of highly effective people and James suggested the Beatitudes.