A virtue is a trait or quality that is deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being. Personal virtues are characteristics valued as promoting collective and individual greatness. In other words, it is a behavior that shows high moral standards. Doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong (Wikipedia, 2009).
I’ve shared in a previous post (Inventory) about allowing my own light to shine, and taking credit for my own good work. But, I think that true virtue lives in the dark and not in the light.
Examples of virtues include: honesty, humanity, courage, generosity, charity, forgiveness, and the list goes on. If virtues are character traits that reflect goodness, I should act in ways that promote human decency, and not solely to fulfil self-worth. Self-worth will become its own reward when I allow myself the freedom to act and make choices based on the greater good. This is a form of the butterfly effect🦋 (the idea that small causes can have large effects), and certainly the ripple effect🌊 (interactions always have intended and unintended consequences).
Acting with virtuous consequences in mind is the opposite of seeking instant gratification. Virtue requires patience. Sometimes it’s easy to know immediately if we’ve made the right decision or taken the appropriate risk. Sometimes the choices we make are not the right ones (no one is a fortune teller🔮), and we learn from mistakes, hopefully without regret.
So, I try to bring positivity and hope into my day to day interactions as much as possible without the expectation of reward or acknowledgement. I want to take risks, grow, work-hard, help others (the reason for my existence on this beautiful planet🌎), be kind, and trust (other people and myself).
I’ve been contemplating two important questions lately:
– Are my actions and decisions meant to placate my ego, or to make things better for ALL stakeholders involved (myself included)?
– Do I need to take credit for every little thing that I perceive to be awesome⭐️?
I want to let others stand in their own light🌞. Virtuous behaviour thrives in the dark🌛
Note: I really ❤️ emojis, I do not apologize for the shameless use😉
Wikipedia contributors. (2019, May 2). Virtue. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Virtue&oldid=895119240