Benevolence: Gratitude Challenge: Using the Virtues

Benevolence. Something wonderful happens when we give from the heart. True monetary philanthropists give freely in exchange for an experience in helping others achieve their financial goals. But not everyone has extra money lying around. Even so, we can give freely what we do possess: A smile will warm someone’s heart. A good thought orContinue reading “Benevolence: Gratitude Challenge: Using the Virtues”

Determination: Gratitude Challenge: Using the Virtues

Determination. Today, I am grateful for the virtue determination. I was able to finish grading papers today; but without determination to complete the job, I might have slacked or waited until the last minute. Students’ papers take time to read, and complete concentration is needed to accomplish the task. At the start of my task,Continue reading “Determination: Gratitude Challenge: Using the Virtues”

Consideration: Gratitude Challenge: Using the Virtues

Consideration: Today, I am grateful for considerate people. Considerate people are those who see outside themselves, and show a general concern for others. They are not self-absorbed, nor do they lack the ability to deeply engage with others. These folks stay clear of the drama that often plays out around them. Instead, thoughtfulness prevails. WeContinue reading “Consideration: Gratitude Challenge: Using the Virtues”

Bravery: Gratitude Challenge: Using the Virtues

Bravery Today’s gratitude challenge is about Bravery. I began to think of all the common definitions of this term such as valor, courage, and fearlessness. I briefly recalled images of 15th Century Knights in battle. Why? I’m guessing this is the sort of thing we are taught as children. We read epic stories of theContinue reading “Bravery: Gratitude Challenge: Using the Virtues”

Benevolence: Gratitude Challenge: Using the Virtues

Benevolence. Something wonderful happens when we give from the heart. True monetary philanthropists give freely in exchange for an experience in helping others achieve their financial goals. But not everyone has extra money lying around. Even so, we can give freely what we do possess: A smile will warm someone’s heart. A good thought orContinue reading “Benevolence: Gratitude Challenge: Using the Virtues”

Beauty: Gratitude Challenge: Using the Virtues

Interestingly, this Earth Day’s post is about beauty. Take a look around. Beauty is everywhere – in trees, in dirt, in animals, in the sky, and in reflections in the water. It can sometimes be easy to overlook natural beauty when we are caught up in the stresses of everyday life. Leaves on the treesContinue reading “Beauty: Gratitude Challenge: Using the Virtues”

Accountability: Gratitude Challenge: Using the Virtues

Accountability. Today’s Virtue is Accountability. For any challenge or self-improvement one undertakes, it is best to be held accountable to stay on track. Yesterday’s first post for my Gratitude Challenge: Using the Virtues started with Acceptance. When we are held accountable, we achieve much more than we expected. It forces us to drum up ourContinue reading “Accountability: Gratitude Challenge: Using the Virtues”

Assertiveness: Gratitude Challenge: Using the Virtues

Assertiveness is the virtue I am grateful for today. Do you know people who display a bold confidence in their behaviors or when they speak? They exude a confidence that is strikingly different than some of us. This virtue has a sister; it’s called ambition. When we are assertive, we possess a strong desire toContinue reading “Assertiveness: Gratitude Challenge: Using the Virtues”