“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” – Anne Frank
There is nothing like parenthood. It is an opportunity to distill your central values and beliefs in preparation for passing the baton. Parenthood forces the question: what do you hold most dear?
Your children are both mirrors of your influence and fountains of unique expression. Part nature, part nurture, each and every child born on our great earth develops character on the path from childhood to manhood or womanhood. Furthermore, each holds the keys to an aspect of the future.
Strong character does not guarantee success, but it does ensure that the best possible foot will be put forward in all affairs. Conversely, weak character does not gaurantee failure, but it makes it all the more likely. In my estimation, the greatest gift you can give a child is a firm foundation of character.
At some point, every child must make the transition to adulthood. Adulthood is the phase of life where the balance of responsibility for the continued refinement of character shifts from an external source to internal generation. Whether this watershed came early or late for you, there is no better time than the present to delve into the refinement of your character.
Several elements of character stand out to me this morning. Patience, forgiveness, kindness, responsibility, decisiveness and fairness must be present to some degree in any person of real character. In the absence of these qualities of character, impatience, blame, meanness, carelessness, indecision and lack of concern for others will find their way to the surface at one point or another.
Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
Have a wonderful Sunday!