Do you have time for character?
Sometimes it’s easy to look away, keep walking and ignore the world around us. It takes a bit of personal character, John Wayne would say grit, to stop, notice and act. I’m not saying you should try to stop a bank robbery single-handed, but at least take notice of the surroundings. Take a picture, call 911, stay safe, but do something. Do you have time for character?
Hopefully you will never have to face a situation that requires you to risk your life more than a morning commute in Dallas traffic. While that might be more than some can tolerate, the commute is not really that bad.
Character is displayed in many ways, as can lack of character. How do you react when someone cuts you off in traffic? What is your thought when a stalled car is blocking a lane on the freeway and you are running late? Your responses to simple things like these are important. Do you smile and wave with your whole hand, not just one finger? Do you stop behind the person, turn on your flashers and help them push their car out of the way? Or do you just get angry and accelerate as soon as you are able?
It is natural to be annoyed at things or people who impede your progress in any way. My grandmother was always slow to anger. She made sure that we knew when she was displeased, but never in an angry manner. Her approach was always with love, kindness and compassion. Do you have time for character?
Character starts early
As a child we learn the basics of character. Trust. Kindness. Compassion. Loyalty. These foundations are what we build upon to become the person that we want to be. If we aim high, we keep getting better. Do not become discouraged, but ask yourself “Am I better today than I was yesterday?” Change does not have to be large to have an impact. Have you ever watched a wasp build a nest? It is done one tiny bit at a time. Do you have time for character?
What are your thoughts and experiences on developing character?