“You can do it, son” his caring, earnest words rang out in my doubting little ears. “You can do it! Just get started, and never give up.”
In thought, by word, and through example my Dad has lived a life of honor. Aside from my beautifully tragic experiences, my Dad and Mom have clearly been my top teacher angels. Today is his birthday, and I want to share with you some things I learned from him.
1. Honesty: Tell the truth and live with integrity.
2. Respect: Honor yourself and others always.
3. Justice: Discover the truth before drawing conclusions.
4. Responsibility: Follow through and hold all parties accountable.
5. Prioritization: Put first things first in your life.
However deeply you are able to access the truth, live in its light with moral soundness. Veracity is the virtue of the sunshine, moonlight, and star fire.
Freely give yourself and others the gifts of esteem, regard, and honor you wish to receive. Acceptance is the virtue of love.
Focus on fairness after learning what is true. Avoid conclusion jumping, emotional reasoning, and bias brushing. Due diligence is the virtue of wisdom.
Follow through with your commitments, fulfill your obligations, and complete the job no matter what it takes. Accountability is the virtue of trust.
Pursuant to your beliefs and values, live in accordance with life’s order of importance. Do not allow selfish interest, indulgence, or imbalance to distract you from these things. Putting first things first is the virtue of effectiveness.
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