THESE ARE THE QUALITIES
I aspire to, a day-at-a-time
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PRINCIPLES for CHARACTER EDUCATION (Modified from TeachingValues.com)
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1 ATTRACTION: Courage, Discernment, Self-awareness
We attract whatever we put our attention to, which makes it bigger. If we don’t do anything to limit our destructive impulses, life becomes increasingly difficult for us to control. By staying awake & using discernment, we can see the difference between what’s helping or harming us. Then we need the courage to take steps toward health, by eliminating negative desires that attract chaos into our lives. (See “ACoAs & Risk“)
2 CAUSE & EFFECT : Accountability, Good Intentions, Restraint
According to the ‘law of the universe’ – for every action there’s an equal re-action. When we realize that we’re accountable for our thoughts, words & actions, we’re willing to own that motivates our actions, & recognize the wisdom of restraint (See “Keep the focus on yourself” and “Fear of Responsibility“)
3 DEVOTION : Concentration, Calmness, Focus
We can connect with Creative Intelligence by taking the time to go inside, to our True Self, not the false ego. This applies to everyone, by being calm, & concentrating on higher thoughts, whether through prayer, song, meditation or a walk in the woods. When we focus our lives on spiritual principles & actions, we connect with the Divine
4 FAITH : Trust, Hope, Patience
There is a Loving Intelligence that pervades all things. All that is necessary is for us to maintain our trust and hope, even though we live in the midst of uncertainty. Faith is our willingness to take the next step without fear or looking back, yet have the patience to allow Divine Order to work through our situation without trying to force the results ourselves. (See “Lack of Trust and Healthy Trusting“)
5 FORGIVENESS : Compassion, Mercy, Understanding
Forgiveness is a conscious act that frees us from the damaging image of ourselves as a victim. It dissolves the poison of resentment which acts as blocks to the Universal Reality. Because we choose a new understanding of our situation, we can be free to extend mercy and compassion to ourselves, as well as to those who have wronged us. This reconnects us back to our Real Self.
6 GRATITUDE: Generosity, Magnanimity, Appreciation
The true state of Universal Reality is abundance. When we are grateful and appreciate what life has to offer, it indicates to the Universe that we accept whatever has been given to us, and that we lack nothing. If we want to attract more prosperity into our lives, we need to start thinking magnanimously, and be generous to all of life. This then opens up the flow of supply into our world,- because whatever we give to life returns to us.
7 HARMONY : Optimism, Co-operation, Enthusiasm
One of the universal laws is that we can choose what thoughts we want to focus on. When we choose negative ones, which lead to painful emotions, our lives become infinitely more stressful and complex, as we lose the inner connection with the Infinite. When we choose to be optimistic, cooperative and enthusiastic rather than being a victim of unhappiness, we remain in control of ourselves and maintain inner quiet.
8 HUMILITY: Modesty, Unpretentious, Gentleness
Through an attitude of modesty and un-pretentiousness, we realize we don’t have to raise ourselves up with self-importance. God in His own way and time will reward us with whatever we need, as long as we rid ourselves of pride and hold on to an attitude of gentleness toward all life. See “Humiliation“, and “Arrogance vs Humility”)
9 INTEGRITY : Truthfulness, Courage, Sincerity, Honesty
Our connection to our inner reality is strengthened when we align our thoughts, words and actions with truth, and have the courage act with sincerity and honesty. This is letting go of our own will and honoring the Divine Will instead. (See “Why ACoAs Lie“)
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