Character Matters

Never have I heard someone say, “I woke up this morning to realize the needle to my moral compass is bent and, therefore, must confess: I have no character.”

Character MattersAt the core of who we are is our character.

It matters.
It is a matter of the heart — and,
It is a tangible expression of intangible beliefs.

To be precise in the “matter” ~

That which is in itself undifferentiated and formless and which, as the subject of change and development, receives form and becomes substance.

Never have I heard someone say, “I woke up this morning to realize that the needle to my moral compass is bent — and, therefore, must confess: I have no character.”

Mother Nature has her rules. One of them: Birds of a feather flock together. Turkeys do not soar with Eagles — Crows do not cavort with Robins — and, Pheasants do not form a V with the Geese.

Why?

It’s a matter of character.

Look at our sphere of influence and those within it. Is it comprised of happy, contented, peaceful and successful people? Or, is it afflicted with sad, whiny, antagonistic and bitter individuals?

Either, Or — There is a reason for the birds in our nest.
Take a trip to the mirror for an answer to the quest.

We get what we allow. In fact, what goes around comes around. Our harvest matures from the seeds we plant. Others are attracted to us because of our character.

What is character?

Many times we discover the positive by experiencing the negative. Good judgment comes from experience — experience comes from bad judgment.

Spectrum of Character

Negative: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.

Positive: patient, kind, rejoices with the truth, protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres.

In all of our relationships, there is only one individual within our control — who we can change. As Pogo so eloquently observes, “I have seen the enemy and he is us.”

From the inside, out — we can, individually, change the world.

The greatest gift is a chosen, purposeful effort, often done in the face of fear, to nurture our own growth and the growth of others.

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