Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Personal Ideals

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! We had such a nice hard rain yesterday, that I didn't set out sprinklers this morning. Funny thing, I can water with the well water, but let it rain, and the grass greens up right away! God is good!

I ventured out yesterday evening, after taking care not to exert all day... my voice was gone anyway, and we drove over to the Park after supper. Surprisingly, there were a lot of people there. Some kind of a meeting , for they all formed a circle and were waiting for others to come. I was interested, but we didn't stick around to see what it was.

I haven't seen the tiny screech owl peeking out of the box, ever since the tree trimmers came a few days ago. I hope she didn't get scared away!

From Quiet Moments with God for Teachers:

Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God?

What do you hold to be your personal ideals-the qualities you consider to be foremost in defining good character?

This is what Sir William Osler once said about his own ideals:

I have three personal ideals:
One, to do the day's work well and not to bother about tomorrow. The second ideal has been to act the Golden Rule, as far as in me lay, toward my professional brethren and toward the patients committed to my care. And the third has been to cultivate such a measure of equanimity as would enable me to bear success with humility, the affection of my friends without pride, and to be ready when the day of sorrow and grief come to meet it with the courage befitting a man.

This morning, give some thought to what you hold to be the characteristics if a respected life. What do you aspire to in your own character?

As you identify these traits, you can then see more clearly how you desire to live your life and what must change in order to live up to your ideals.

Fame is vapor, popularity an accident: riches take wings, and only one thing endures and that is character.
Horace Greeley

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,