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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Advice For Life

As we remember those we have lost we turn to a famous writer for advice on life going forward.

 As we remember those we have lost  we turn to a famous writer for advice on life going forward.

The past few weeks, and those coming, are a time of remembrance for those we have lost in this life. But it is also a time for reflecting on life. The following passage is an extract from The De La Salle Brother s in Great Britain's daily reflections:

 

 

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in November 1850. He is known for having written ‘Treasure Island’, ‘Kidnapped’ and ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’.

We are going to listen to 6 of the 12 points which he called his “Pattern for Living”. We’ll pause for a moment after each one:

“Make up your mind to be happy, and learn to find pleasure in simple things…"

 

“Make the best of your circumstances. No one has everything, and everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with the gladness of life. The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the tears…"

 

“Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t think that somehow you should be protected from misfortunes that befall

others…"

 

“You can’t please everybody. Don’t let criticism worry you…"

 

“Don’t let your neighbour set your standards. Be yourself…"

 

“Do the things you enjoy doing, but stay out of debt…”

 

Prayer:

Lord our God, in this time of remembrance, we entrust all our prayers and needs to your infinite mercy. help us to become more mindful of the bonds that unite us as a human family despite our differences. Heal our inner wounds and outward division that one day our world might have peace.

Amen.