“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future.” ~ Fulton Oursle

Monday, June 11, 2012

On Character

People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is a confession of character. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

What do your opinions confess about your character? Character may not seem remotely important to some, but there is a lot more at stake than just the shoddy character of one person. There are added negative aspects involved if one does not seem to care about the kind of person he or she is. One may think “well it’s my life and my business,” which is only true to a certain point. As a member of society, your character should be more than just your business. Your business and the way you conduct it affects everyone else business- so to speak. The energy you bring into a room affects everyone in it. And you are responsible for the energy you bring into a room.

Your character should be what you leave behind in this world. Anyone can come into this world and leave it without making any impact. It’s even easier to come into it and make a negative impact. Negativity always begets negativity and it’s always easier to carry on in that manner. That is why we see so much of it. Negativity is easy and it becomes a very convenient habit. What’s harder, and therefore character building is to be a person of positivity. This is not an easy feat. It is a difficult thing mostly. Keeping on track is hard work and it’s easy to become derailed. However, it is always worth it. Your positive energy will seep out into the world. You may not see it or get to hear about it all the time, but its effects are far more than you can ever imagine. It is and always has been the little things in life that make the greatest difference. Doing the right thing has always had more impact than doing the wrong thing. Kind gestures go beyond what you would imagine. A friendly smile or a few encouraging words make more difference than you will ever realize.

Good character provides a display of what one should be like and strive to be. All of our actions teach those around us. As members of society we have a responsibility to be more proactive and lead by example. Our thoughts, opinions and deeds make a bigger impact in the world than just ourselves. There is a bigger picture at hand in which we are responsible for creating our own realities- making it a good reality or a bad reality is entirely up to us. Be the change in the world you want to see.

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