â€œNurturing, Healing Loveâ€ (the Formula for Choosing Love)
The three words first-grader Jesse Lewis wrote on his kitchen chalkboard shortly before he died, â€œNurturing, Healing Love,â€ serve as the foundational values for the organization. These words, â€œNurturing, Healing Loveâ€, are in the definition of compassion across all cultures. The meaning of each of the words form a profound and powerful formula for choosing love:
Â Â 1. Nurturing means loving kindness and gratitude.
Â Â 2. Healing means forgiveness.
Â Â 3. Love is compassion in action.
When you practice these three character values, in that order, you are choosing love.
Courage is also a core value, as Jesse courageously saved nine of his classmatesâ€™ lives before losing his own. Courage is an overarching concept as it takes courage to be grateful, especially when things arenâ€™t going your way. It takes courage to forgive, especially when the person who hurt you isnâ€™t sorry and it takes courage to step outside your own universe of busyness and pain to help others.
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Choose Love Movement is inspired by 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, his final acts of love, and his mother’s path of forgiveness after Jesse was killed in a school shooting.
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