values-moralityThe three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, “I was wrong.” ~ Sydney J. Harris

It’s been almost a year since I started this series on character qualities and it’s been quite a journey of self-examination. From alertness and availability to dependability and diligence. Flexibility and forgiveness to hospitality and humility. Loyalty, orderliness, responsibility, and sincerity. While the list I’ve been working off of was arranged alphabetically, I find it interesting that it’s ending up with arguably the two key pillars of an integrity-filled life.

This week’s character quality is virtue. The moral excellence evident in my life as I consistently do what is right. The quality of being morally good or righteous. Conforming one’s life and conduct to ethical principles. It’s taking the right stand all the time.

I started today’s post with the reminder that the hardest things to do are moral acts. Because I can be tempted to cut corners and take the easy road, especially when I’m busy juggling all of life’s responsibilities as a working mother. Will anyone notice that I let the housecleaning slide this week? It’s summer vacation for the kids, so why shouldn’t I lounge on the couch and watch a television show with them?

Excuses are plenty, but it’s more important to consistently do what is right. That’s why I ended up working until midnight to meet a work deadline … after spending time earlier in the evening cheering for my nine-year-old on the baseball diamond.

Because character matters.

What about you? Are you ever tempted to cut corners or make excuses? How consistent are you in doing what is right? What do you think are the foundational pillars of an integrity-filled life?

Character Matters – Virtue
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