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A Summer of Character Building

A Summer of Character Building
June 2013

My father had a "charge" that was pronounced on a regular basis at our dining room table, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it." He really did not want to hear any petty remarks or gossip so it was squelched whenever he was present.

My own children have often heard, "Remember, today is the beginning of the rest of your life." I am that optimistic person who always wants a turn of good fortune and a good solution to difficult problems to happen just because I want it to happen!

As we raise our children to be equipped as positive members of our communities, we know we must teach them responsibility. We know that mottos have been around for generations. The Boy Scouts Motto "Be Prepared" means you are ready, willing and able to help others and do what is necessary in any situation that comes along. You are also being prepared to live a full and worthwhile life – being a physically fit, honorable citizen of strong character.

The Marines build camaraderie and pride with their motto "Semper Fidelis." Semper Fi translates to "always faithful" and signifies the dedication that individual Marines have to "corps and country," and to their fellow Marines.

A Bible verse that helps me when I am afraid of failure is Psalm 27:1 "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid?"

I also was amazed to find out that William Penn actually initiated one of my very favorite sayings back in the late 1600s: "I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

As you seek to make every day special this summer, here are some sayings that may have a positive impact:

Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

Where there's a will, there's a way.

It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.

Just do it!

Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly.

Never give up!

Success is not by chance, it's by choice.

If life hands you lemons, make lemonade (and sell it for a profit!)

If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again!

Have a great summer and remember that weekly visits to the library will keep your children reading and recognizing how important education is to every member of your family.

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