Virtues that Heal
Virtues are the character traits that define us. A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to not only DO good, but to BE good and give the best of ourselves. When internalized and acted upon, they help us to enjoy more peace in our lives. Virtues empower us and promote collective and individual greatness.
L. Whitney Clayton
Think on These Things
Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
When we choose faith and hope we repel fear and discouragement. Faith and hope work together, supporting each other. They can empower us with strength beyond our own. With faith and hope we can confidently move forward knowing that in the end all will work for our good. We exercise faith and show our hope whenever we work towards a worthy goal.
Sometimes we simply have to endure or withstand with courage. Courage is the ability to persevere through difficult times while we are waiting on God for answers and direction. It takes courage to continue to act despite our fears. Courage is at the root of every step forward we take.
Bitterness, resentment and anger act as festering thorns in our souls. Forgiveness allows us to heal and move forward and release pain that only serves to eat away our happiness and destroy our relationships. Forgiveness lets us escape the chains of the past and live more freely in the present.
Patience works into three areas of our lives: our relationships with others, with ourselves, and with God. Sometimes we cause additional grief because of our lack of patience with others and with ourselves. When we are temperate with our response towards others our relationships are improved, conflicts are not escalated and we feel a greater measure of love and peace. Patience with ourselves gives us the ability to move forward and make changes at a rate that is sustainable.
A grateful attitude allows us to change our perspective and can help us find joy and purpose in life. Gratitude opens our heart to love and helps us to share it with others. as we choose positive thoughts and perspectives we will banish selfishness, darkness and despair in our lives.
The greatest of all character traits is to acquire pure unconditional love. This trait encompasses feeling empathy, showing compassion, and being nonjudgmental. As we learn to see others and ourselves for our true potential, we become empowered and we empower those around us to not only DO better, but to BE better.
Acceptance of our ‘new reality’ allows us to move forward. To create openness and expand our opportunities. Acceptance of things that we need to change about ourselves gives us the strength and helps us acquire the skills to make that move. Accepting our flaws requires introspection and humility, but allows us to rebuild anew. Our resistance to change or stubbornness can put up roadblocks and delay the healing process.