Character and Values

Character and Values

What is character? Character is the choices that you make based upon your values. Character is basically who you are. Are you honest, kind and true? Or scheming, mean and conniving?  There is an old saying that says, character is what you do when no one is looking.

 

Values, on the other hand, are the things you believe to be right or wrong based upon what you have been taught.

Your character and values can change over time, they can both be shaped to make you a better soldier,  better employee or a better person.

 

Sometimes character and values can change for the worse. By instilling strong character and values in our young people we will make a better community for us all.

 

We have a responsibility to instill strong character into our youth.  This can be done by holding them accountable for their actions, and by using discipline as way to shape behavior.

 

Discipline does not always involve spanking a young person.   There is time out, grounding, no phone, no video games, and my all time favorite, THE LECTURE.

 

When my son turned 10, he started acting up in school.  Wouldn’t you know,  that  at that very time I needed 2 new flower beds to be dug.  I also needed the basement cleaned out and the garage needed cleaning too.

 

I ended up with one of the most well-behaved 11 or 12 year old  kids you ever wanted to meet.  By the way he turned out to be a decent adult.

 

But don’t be too hard on them, a little bit of  good, old fashioned  discipline goes a long way.

 

Here are some defining words for character and values.  STRONG is an acronym using some of the character and value words.

 

STRONG

Smart Sensible Serious Sharp

Thoughtful Truthful Tenacious Tough

Resilient Reliable Realistic Resourceful Respectful  

Optimistic organized Open Minded

Nice Neat

Great Generous Genuine

Character

Honesty Truthfulness, Loyalty, Integrity

Responsibility Dependability, Reliability

Perseverance Diligence, Patience

Caring Kindness, Compassion, Generosity

Cheerfulness, Charity, Helpfulness

Citizenship Patriotism, Sportsmanship

Respect Self-Respect, Respect for Others

Fairness Tolerance

Self-Discipline Self-Control

Integrity Honesty, Truthfulness, Trustworthiness

Patriotism Citizenship, Devotion, Responsibility

Courage Fortitude, Determination

 

Values

 

ACHIEVEMENT   

AMBITION

 

APPRECIATION

BELIEVE

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

CARING

CHARACTER

CHARITY

CIVILITY

CLASS AND GRACE

COMMITMENT

COMMON GROUND

COMPASSION

COMPLIMENTS

COMPROMISE

CONFIDENCE

COURAGE

COURTESY

DEDICATION

DETERMINATION

DEVOTION

DO YOUR PART

DRIVE

EDUCATION

ENCOURAGEMENT

EQUALITY

EXCELLENCE

FITNESS

FORESIGHT

FORGIVENESS

FRIENDSHIP

GENEROSITY

GIVING BACK

GOOD MANNERS

GRATITUDE

GREAT MUSIC

HARD WORK

HELPING OTHERS

HONESTY

HONOR

HOPE

HUMILITY

INCLUDING OTHERS

INGENUITY

INNOVATION

INSPIRATION

INTEGRITY

JUSTICE

KINDNESS

LAUGHTER

LEADERSHIP

LEARNING

LISTENING

LITERACY

LIVE LIFE

LIVE YOUR DREAMS

LOVE

LOYALTY

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

MENTORING

MOTIVATION

OPPORTUNITY

OPTIMISM

OVERCOMING

PASSION

PATIENCE

PEACE

PERSEVERANCE

PERSISTENCE

PRACTICE

PREPARATION

PURPOSE

REACHING OUT

RESPECT

RESPONSIBILITY

RIGHT CHOICES

RISING ABOVE

SACRIFICE

SHARING

SMILE

SOUL

SPORTSMANSHIP

SPREAD YOUR WINGS

STEWARDSHIP

STRENGTH

TEACHING BY EXAMPLE

TEAM WORK

TRUE BEAUTY

TRUST

UNITY

VISION

VOLUNTEERING

 

Instill character

Auntie Starshine, Influencer

Use Your Influence for Good

 

 

 

 

 

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