House Rules

For an overview of the full purpose of this blog, please visit the first post titled Why This Blog.

Responses are welcomed and encouraged! But before you push “send,” please consider this beautiful “Friendship Promise” created by another organization (also called Friends without Borders) which helps children in India write letters to children in Pakistan.

I will seek to understand, not just to be understood.

I will treat all people equally, with equal respect, despite differences in age, gender, religion, ethnicity, place of origin, financial status, sexual orientation, or other perceived differences.

When confronted with viewpoints that may be in conflict with my own, I will work to find connections wherever they do exist and build on these.

I will speak the truth in my heart, that comes from my own life experience, and will allow others to do so without argument. [Here I would substitute the word “antagonism” for “argument.” Surely we can disagree without being disagreeable.]

I will make space for others, especially for those who may be slow to speak, new to technology, or speak a language different from mine.

I will treat others as I want to be treated.  I will approach all interactions with the very best I have to offer: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, temperance.