I Don’t Want To Go Into School

– Poem By Colin Mcnaughton.

I don’t want to go into school today; Mum,
I don’t feel like school work today.
Oh, don’t make me go to school today, Mum
Oh, please let me stay home and play.

But you must go to school, my cherub, my lamb,
If you don’t it will be a disaster,
How would they manage without you, my sweet,
After all you are the headmaster!

NOTES: 

Used as Opening Reading for Annual Teacher’s Meeting July 12, 2018

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UU Principles as Inverted Triangle

Sometimes it is easiest to think of the UU principles in the children’s version.

Sometimes it is helpful to think of the Unitarian Universalist Principles arranged as pillars.  

Other times, it is helpful to think of the UU Principles arranged as an inverted triangle. In the moments of darkness, I change my perspective to viewing our UU principles in triangle style. Going from 1 up to 7. From the individual person out to the bigger world.

UU Principles TriangleThey now become a useful ladder with a clear path to follow. When I don’t have the energy for broadcasting on all 7 channels? I dial it down to the level I can best be at.

It begins with Principle 1: “The inherent worth and dignity of every person.” Even me. I could be kind to myself, and expect of me what is actually doable, what is actually realistic.

My flu best isn’t going to be the same as my healthy best. My grief and mourning best isn’t going to be the same as when we are not in bereavement. That’s ok. All I have to do is my best in the moment. Hit the number I can hit. When I am doing better, I can climb the next rung on the ladder and add that.

If my compassion does not include myself, it is incomplete.

UU Children’s Principles

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Though the UUA has several children’s principle resources, this booklet is my favorite.

It can be sung to the tune of “Doe, a deer. A female deer…”

One : Each person is important
Two: Be kind in all you do
Three: We’re free to learn together
Four: And search for what is true
Five: All people need a voice
Six: Build a fair and peaceful world
Seven: We care for Earth’s lifeboat

And that brings us back to you and me and  UU, UU, UU!