Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Brought to you by the Letter V

V is for Virtue and Virtuous.

Dictionary Definition:
vir·tue
ˈvərCHo͞o/
noun
  1. 1.
    behavior showing high moral standards.
    "paragons of virtue"
    synonyms:goodness, virtuousness, righteousnessmoralityintegrity,
    dignity,rectitudehonordecencyrespectabilitynobility,
    worthiness, purity;
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I strive to be a virtuous person.  I don't always succeed, though.  I believe there is less virtue in the world in general than there was 30, 40, 50 years ago.  I'm not sure it's even a word that the typical school student would know, and that's a sad thing.
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Years ago, I read The Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett.  The book contains stories demonstrating these virtues:
Responsibility. Courage. Compassion. Honesty. Friendship. Persistence. Faith.
I think I received this book as a gift.  It is for sale on Amazon, and is a great family anthology, in case you're interested. And no, I'm not getting paid to advertise it!  

I believe my strongest virtue is responsibility.  I don't think I learned it, though.  I think I was born with a natural disposition to be a responsible person.  I'm the dependable one.  The one who keeps her word.  And I admire those traits in others.

I believe courage is the most difficult virtue for me.  I sometimes exhibit courage that I don't feel.  Having to demonstrate courage can be intimidating!  Or maybe it's patience. I get impatient easily, but I am working on ways to improve this.
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Being virtuous... it seems a lofty goal, but I'm not striving for sainthood.  It's not as though I never do anything wrong.  Of course I do! I just want to be the best person that I can be, and that includes being a good role model for my children and students.  Most of all, I hope that they see virtue in me.

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3 comments:

Melody Steenkamp said...

I think... we, humans, have the right to make mistakes...maybe even 'duty' ... because we then can learn from it. If you try to do the best you can to live a virtuous life, its okay, even if there are moments of failure.. although we should not perceive them as failures but as learn-oportunities i think

Have a nice abc-day / - week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

Roger Owen Green said...

I've been reading The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg. He talks more about SIN, as in distance from God, than SINS, a checklist of do's and don'ts we're destined to fail at.

ROG, ABCW

Christopher Kerry Scott Sophie Johnson said...

powerful.

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