Charity 1/20/2019

Try not to become a person of success, but rather a person of value. -Albert Einstein

You want to be successful? Make it your mission to help as many people as you can.

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The Virtue of Charity

Many view charity as financial aid to the less fortunate. But charity goes beyond gifts of money. We can be charitable in our actions to those who need it. We can lend a helping hand to those who are suffering physically, mentally, and spiritually. How far can a kind smile, a kind word, or a kind act go? Sometimes these gifts go much farther than money.

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Hope 1/19/2019

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve; the fear of failure. -Paulo Coelho

Failure doesn’t have to last forever and shouldn’t be a deterrent in making our hopes a reality.

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The Virtue of Hope

There is a belief by some that tomorrow will be better, that our future will be a little brighter. This hope is what spurns them to keep going even when the day is at its darkest. Without hope, we are lost.

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Faith 1/18/2019

Begin to be now what you will be hereafter. -William James

You may not physically be your future self now, but you can be mentally. To be healthier tomorrow, you have to make healthier decisions today.

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The Virtue of Faith

There are things out there that we cannot see, but we know it is there. Not only do we accept these truths, but we rely upon them with confidence. Our faith goes beyond our belief in God. It extends to our country, our families, and our friends.

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Courage 1/17/2019

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -not absence of fear.

-Mark Twain

You can understand the fear, respect it, and get to know it. Just maybe, in time, it will not be so fearsome.

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The Virtue of Courage

Do you have the heart to forge ahead? Can you keep going even though your body and your mind wants you to stop? There are those who bend underneath the pressure, and then there are those who have the fortitude to continue standing. The heart of courage, a chief virtue of the soul.

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Justice 1/16/2019

Life is short, and truth works far and lives long: let us then speak the truth. -Arthur Schopenhauer

By speaking the truth you can never go wrong. And after you have left this short life, you will be remembered because of it.

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The Virtue of Justice

What does it mean to live a just life? If right thoughts and right actions equal righteousness, can we be righteous? Our hope is that others treat us with justice. This of course is no guarantee, but it does not change our responsibilities. It is our responsibility to be honest in our deeds and in our words, and that we treat others with justice.

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Temperance 1/15/2019

Practice, the master of all things. -Augustus Octavius

Slow becomes smooth, smooth becomes fast. There is only one way to get better, only one way to mastery. Practice.

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The Virtue of Temperance

Control. Discipline. Restraint. Call it what you will. But if you don’t have it, then life will be much harder. Rather than automating your life for success, your habits will be weak and detrimental. Temper your desires of excess. There is joy in moderation.

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Prudence 1/14/2019

If you want to win, practice virtue. If you win with virtue, your opponent buries himself. -Awa Kenzô

Under many names but here’s the list: wisdom, courage, discipline, justice, faith, hope, charity. Practice these and win.

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The Virtue of Prudence

There is an unlimited wealth in having wisdom that goes beyond money, possessions, and social status. We can all grow in wisdom if we choose to pursue it. King Solomon regarded as one of the wisest to have lived said: Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding, for the gain of it is better than gain from silver, and its profit better than gold. –Proverbs 3:13-14

Can you hear the call of wisdom? It is there, we only have to listen.

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Charity 1/13/2019

Worry weighs down the heart, but a kind word gives it joy. -Proverbs 12:25

I might not understand all the worries of those around me, but I can lend a kind ear and try to empathize.

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The Virtue of Charity.

Many view charity as financial aid to the less fortunate. But charity goes beyond gifts of money. We can be charitable in our actions to those who need it. We can lend a helping hand to those who are suffering physically, mentally, and spiritually. How far can a kind smile, a kind word, or a kind act go? Sometimes these gifts go much farther than money.

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Hope 1/12/2019

A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.-Thomas Carlyle

Do not be aimless. Set your course and then navigate your way there.

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The Virtue of Hope.

There is a belief by some that tomorrow will be better, that our future will be a little brighter. This hope is what spurns them to keep going even when the day is at its darkest. Without hope, we are lost.

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Feelin’ Slow, Then You Gotta Go!

There are days when you wake up and you are just not feeling it. Everything is slow, including you. Those days suck. You want to go, but seem stuck. Even coffee isn’t doing the trick.

That’s how I felt this morning. I felt lazy and unmotivated. There are so many things I want to get done today, but I just can’t seem to get going.

What do you do?

Well, there is really only thing any of us can do. We gotta move. It doesn’t matter if we are moving in slow motion. Just moving a little will create momentum. It may be hard, but as Mr. Marden says, “Effort is the only means of improvement.”  If you want to improve, put in the effort. Go.

Activity is the law of growth; effort the only means of improvement. Whenever men have obeyed their lower nature and ceased to struggle to better their condition, they have deteriorated physically, mentally, and morally; while, just in proportion as they have striven honestly and insistently to improve their situation, they have developed a larger and nobler human type. –Orison Swett Marden, Ambition and Success.