Character is the sum total of one’s distinctive mental and moral qualities. Character can be good, bad, strong, weak, stable or unstable. When we say a person has a good character we mean he is sincere, honest, tolerant helpful and dependable. On the other hand, when we talk of someone who lacks good character, we mean he is selfish, a cheat, a cheat, a liar and unreliable.
A man must form his attitudes and convictions carefully and stick to them hen made, even the opinion of the crowd disproves his attitudes and convictions. At every moment we should be honest and just to ourselves with our own counsel and not merely try to appear just outwardly to others. Our attitudes should reflect the norm and principles that guide our reason and conviction. “A good name is better than precious ointment.”
Character is one of the greatest motive powers in the world. In its noblest embodiments, it exemplifies human nature in its highest form for it exhibits man at his best.
However, the character is not a natural endowment we are born with. Character is something that each individual forms of himself. Home is an important school of character formation. It is in the home that every human being receives the best training or the worst.
The environment also influences the character formation of the young.
A man’s happiness consists not in the outward and visible blessings of fortune but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.
Few individuals can see themselves as others see them “ Am I like that ?” they exclaim. When someone points out their fault, they resent it. The man who understands and corrects himself can achieve success. It is not enough to have good intentions to be good; one must discipline oneself to a good life and to good actions.
“Character is property” It is the noblest of possessions. It is one estate in the general goodwill and respect of men; and those who invest in it though they may not become rich in this world’s goods, they will find their reward in esteem and reputation fairly and honorably won.
Intellectual gifts have no relation to purity or excellence of character. A handful of a good life.
Don’t think that by putting a good appearance you become good. It is folly to imagine that by wrapping oneself in fine clothes one has covered one’s indecency when the greater indecency of a bad character is still exposed character is not formed in a day; it is a slow process. Every action, every thought, every thought, every feeling contributes to the education of our faculties, attitudes, and habits.
The brave man, the man of character, is an inspiration to others. Something about him attracts others and as it drew them to follow him. If a man of character is appointed to a high office, immediately everyone feels that “things will improve”
And so it is with career and character of great men. This may die, but their ideas and examples live on to guide and enlighten others. Good examples bring good. As you go about your daily life teach others by your example and character.
If we work upon marble, it will perish. If we work upon a brass time will efface it. If we rear temples they will crumble to dust. But if we work upon men’s immortal, if we imbue them with high principles, with just fear of God and love of their fellow men, we engrave and which will brighten and brighten to all eternity.
Every man has in himself a continent of undiscovered character, happy is he who acts the Columbus to his own soul. If you want to be original just try being yourself because God has never made two people exactly alike.
Life is what you make of it, so why not make it good? You may not be able to change everything you want about your life but you can start by making changes to the way you see what’s happening in your life. Next, begin changing the things you can by having a clear focus of what you do want. Remember, if your focus is on how things are going badly, that’s exactly what you’ll attract more of the negativity because this is the message you’re projecting. On the other hand, if your focus is positive experiences, joy, laughter- then that’s what you’re sending out to the universe. Think carefully, listen to your thoughts and dump the ones that hold you back instead invest your heart and energy in the positive, forward-moving thoughts.