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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

My Values






Socrates, an ancient Greek philosopher wrote:"virtue was the most valuable of all possessions;

the ideal life was spent in search of the Good."

Confucius, an ancient Chinese philosopher wrote:
“Those who are without virtue cannot abide long either in a condition of poverty and hardship, or in a condition of enjoyment, the virtuous rest in virtue; the wise desire virtue.”“If the will be set on virtue, there will be no practice of wickedness.”“The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.”“Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practises it will have neighbours.”

Honesty

Honesty is being truthful and sincere. It is important because it builds trust. When people are honest, they can be relied on not to lie, cheat or steal. Being honest means that you accept yourself as you are. When you are open and trustworthy, others can believe in you.

Integrity

Integrity is living by your highest values. It is being honest and sincere. Integrity helps you to listen to your conscience, to do the right thing, and to tell the truth. You act with intregity when your words and actions match. Integrity gives you self-respect and a peaceful heart.

Friendliness

Friendliness is being a friend, through good times and bad. You take an interest in other people and make them feel welcome. You share your belongings, your time and yourself. Friendliness is the best cure for loneliness.

Candour (Candor)Disposition to treat our others with fairness; freedom from prejudice or disguise; frankness; sincerity. The quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech and the ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty.

Flexibility

Flexibility is being open to change. You consider others’ ideas and feelings and don’t insist on your own way. Flexibility gives you creative new ways to get things done. You get rid of bad habits and learn new ones. Flexibility helps you to keep changing for the better.

Love

Love is a special feeling that fills your heart. You show love in a smile, a kind word, a thoughtful act or a hug. Love is treating people and things with care and kindness because they mean so much to you. Love is contagious. It keeps spreading. Socrates an ancient Greek philosopher spent most of his life studying and perfecting what he called "the art of love". Trust Trust is having faith in someone or something. It is a positive attitude about life. You are confident that the right thing will happen without trying to control it or make it happen. Even when difficult things happen, trust helps us to find the gift or lesson in it.

Humility
Being humble is considering others as important as yourself. You are thoughtful of their needs and willing to be of service. You don’t expect others or yourself to be perfect. You learn from your mistakes. When you do great things, humility reminds you to be thankful instead of boastful. Learning To gain knowledge, comprehension, or mastery of through experience or study. Behavioural modification especially through experience or self-conditioning.

Education
The act or process of educating or being educated. The knowledge or skill obtained or developed by a learning process. To serve as mentor and act as trusted counsellor or teacher to (another person)

Self-Improvement
Striving to change our thought processes and the way we act in order to provide an improved and more effective outcome for ourselves, our actions and our surroundings.

Fitness
Our state or condition of being physically sound and healthy, especially as the result of exercise and proper nutrition. Striving for general mental and physical well-being and suitably adapting to an environment.

Health
Soundness, especially of body or mind; freedom from disease or abnormality. The World Health Organisation defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Science
The observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena. Such activities restricted to explaining a limited class of natural phenomena. Such activities applied to an object of inquiry or study. Knowledge, especially that gained through experience.

VisionTo wield the power of imagination as a mode of seeing the future actions, opportunities or conceiving an idea or concept. The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

Idealism
When you have ideals, you really care about what is right and meaningful in life. You follow your beliefs. You don’t just accept things the way they are. You make a difference. Idealists dare to have big dreams and then act as if they are possible.

Commitment
Commitment is caring deeply about something or someone. It is deciding carefully what you want to do, then giving it 100%, holding nothing back. You give your all to a friendship, a task, or something you believe in. You finish what you start. You keep your promises and word.
PatiencePatience is quiet hope and trust that things will turn out right. You wait without complaining. You are tolerant and accepting of difficulties and mistakes. You picture the end in the beginning and persevere to meet your goals. Patience is a commitment to the future.

Excellence
Excellence is doing your best, giving careful attention to every task and every relationship. Excellence is effort guided by a noble purpose. It is a desire for perfection. The perfection of a seed comes in the fruit. When you practice excellence, you bring your gifts to fruition. Excellence is the key to success.

Wisdom
1 a : accumulated philosophic or scientific learning : KNOWLEDGE b : ability to discern inner qualities and relationships : INSIGHT c : good sense : JUDGMENT d : generally accepted belief . 2 : a wise attitude or course of action. 3 : the teachings of the ancient. A person with an open mind receptive to different opinions and ideas

Philanthropy
The effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations. An activity performed with the goal of promoting the well-being of fellow man. Love of humankind in general.

Entrepreneurialism
Organising, operating, and assuming the risk for a business venture. An entrepreneur is a person who is willing and able to convert a new idea, concept or invention into a physical and operational form which achieves or exceeds its original purpose and objective.

Stewardship
One who is entrusted with the management of another's property, finances, or other affairs.

Humanity only lives on this earth and as the superior being we are responsible for all that surrounds us which includes being stewards of the environment and aiming protect the earth’s environment through recycling, conservation, regeneration, and restoration.

Courtesy
Courtesy is being polite and having good manners. When you speak and act courteously, you give others a feeling of being valued and respected. Greet people pleasantly. Bring courtesy home. Your family needs it most of all. Courtesy helps life to go smoothly.

Loyalty
Loyalty is staying true to someone. It is standing up for something you believe in without wavering. It is being faithful to your family, country, school, friends or ideals, when the going gets tough as well as when things are good. With loyalty, you build relationships that last forever.

Respect
We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. We treat others with dignity and honour the rules of our family, school and nation. Respect yourself, and others will respect you.

Courage
Courage is bravery in the face of fear. You do the right thing even when it is hard or scary. When you are courageous, you don’t give up. You try new things. You admit mistakes. Courage is the strength in your heart.

Self-discipline
Self-discipline means self-control. It is doing what you really want to do, rather than being tossed around by your feelings like a leaf in the wind. You act instead of react. You get things done in an orderly and efficient way. With self-discipline, you take charge of yourself.

Detachment
Detachment is experiencing your feelings without allowing your feelings to control you. Instead of just reacting, with detachment you are free to choose how you will act. You use thinking and feeling together, so you can make smart choices.

Perseverance
Perseverance is being steadfast and persistent. You commit to your goals and overcome obstacles, no matter how long it takes. When you persevere, you don't give up…you keep going. Like a strong ship in a storm, you don't become battered or blown off course. You just ride the waves.

Tolerance
Being tolerant is accepting differences. You don’t expect others to think, look, speak or act just like you. You are free of prejudice, knowing that all people have feelings, needs, hopes and dreams. Tolerance is also accepting things you wish were different with patience and flexibility.

Compassion
Compassion is understanding and caring when someone is hurt or troubled, even if you don’t know them. It is wanting to help, even if all you can do is listen and say kind words. You forgive mistakes. You are a friend when someone needs a friend.

Forgiveness
Forgiving is giving someone another chance after they have done something wrong. Everyone makes mistakes. Instead of revenge, make amends. Forgive yourself too. Instead of feeling hopeless after a mistake, decide to act differently, and have faith that you can change.

Prudence
1 : the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason 2 : sagacity or shrewdness in the management of affairs 3 : skill and good judgment in the use of resources 4 : caution or circumspection as to danger or risk

Unity
Unity helps us work and live together peacefully. We feel connected with each other and all living things. We value the individualism of each person as a gift, not as a reason to fight or be scared. With unity we accomplish more together than any of one of us could alone. Speech of Alexander the Great at Opis, on the Tigris River "I wish all of you, now that the wars are coming to an end, to live happily, in peace. All mortals from now on will live like one people, united, and peacefully working towards a common prosperity. You should regard the whole world as your own country with common laws, a country where the best and the brightest rule, regardless of race. I do not separate people, as do the narrow-minded, into Greeks and barbarians. I am not interested in the origin or race of citizens. I only distinguish them on the basis of their virtue. For me each good foreigner is a Greek and each bad Greek is worse than a barbarian. If ever differences arose, never resort to arms, but resolve them peacefully. If need be, I will serve as your arbitrator. Do not consider God as a dictatorial Ruler, but as Father of all, so that your conduct would resemble the cohabitation of siblings within one family. On my part, I consider all of you equal, white or dark, and I would like you not to be only plain subjects of my Commonwealth, but all shareholders, all partners. To the extent it is in my power, I shall try to accomplish all that I promise. Keep the oath we are taking with the libation tonight like a Contract of Love"

Justice
Practicing justice is being fair. It is solving problems so everyone wins. You don’t prejudge. You see people as individuals. You don’t accept it when someone acts like a bully, cheats or lies. Being a champion for justice takes courage. Sometimes when you stand for justice, you stand alone.

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