Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Character


Boy Scouts
Originally uploaded by easement

British philosopher John Stuart Mill wrote:

"In the long run, the best proof of a good character is good actions."

Every day we encounter people who are what they say they are. We also encounter those who are definitely not who they say they are. I submit we value those who live up to their words through their actions more than those who merely preach about themselves.

Our actions speak much louder than our words. Character develops over time, or it does not. Unfortunately, many people will go through their lives not understanding that they are responsible for their character, or lack thereof. They will go along grumpily blaming everything from their heritage to their spouse to their job for their shortcomings. In realty, we all choose who we become as we are the sum total of our choices.

The past need not dictate the future. You can choose at any time to be better...to change. Or not.

Don't like the fact you're overweight? Do something about it. Don't like the fact you don't have a formal education? Go get one. Don't like the way your children behave? Talk to them and be the adult....be the parent. Don't like your job? Find a new one.

Freedom of choice is a gift we all have. Use it. Be who you want to be.

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