Friday, October 22, 2010

Are You Virtuous? Should You Be? (New Thought Sunday Message 10/24/10)

What does it mean to "Clean Up Your Act"?

Some things never change. The following six virtues are found in virtually every philosophical system throughout the course of history. They may seem simple enough on the surface, but implementing them takes three things: Desire, Decision, Determination. Even then, our old habit patterns can get in the way. If they were easy to practice, they wouldn't be the pillars they are.

  • Wisdom and knowledge. They require two skills: Curiosity and an open mind.
  • Courage and perseverance. The key here is integrity and authenticity.
  • Love and humanity. These can be summed up in a word: compassion. (Do the least harm, the most good.)
  • Justice. Or, the practice of fairness and equity.
  • Temperance. Ah, the path gets a bit more inclined here. This little word means self-control.
  • Spirituality/transcendence. And the toughest virtue of all: Gratitude, optimism, purpose, faith, forgiveness, mercy, humor, passion, enthusiasm.

The Wise of Old knew that these virtues are what hold not only the individual together, but the society as well. It doesn't matter what your particular religion is. You are called to virtue. And it takes a commitment.

Desire, decision, determination. You say you want a better world, a safer world, a more loving world. Here's your opportunity to put your money where your mouth is.

Make these virtues your priority and watch how your life changes for the better. And in turn, so will the world. Why? Because you will be different. And that's how anyone ultimately walks through a different world.

P.S.: One of the best affects of putting these virtues into practice is, you will begin to lose your sense of deprivation, that is, your self-pity. And that's what has been standing between your and your best life. 

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