Friday, July 25, 2008

It's all relative

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I was visiting Gail this morning & this Friday meme from Friday5.org caught my attention. I am fairly aware of my shortcomings- areas where I don’t live up to my ideals- & like most people, I probably pay my faults more attention than strictly necessary. One thing I know I don’t do often enough is to focus on & appreciate my personal strengths, giving myself credit for the things I get right.

The last one is where I’ve spent most of my time today. Over the past few years, I’ve been challenged from several sources to write a family mission statement, spelling out specifically the goals & values on which we base our lives. As procrastination is one of my failings, I’ve pondered things in my mind- writing, editing, musing, rewording- but never committed anything to paper before now. Obviously, it’s not a finished product- I was going for succinct instead of eloquent- but I think I have a start of something worthwhile.

 

1.     Of peace, joy, love, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control, which are you most lacking?  Patience, goodness, & self-control

2.     Of peace, joy, love, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control, which are you most blessed with?  Peace, love, & humility

3.     The Scout Law says that a scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Which of these are relative strengths for you?  Trustworthy, helpful, & reverent 

4.     Which of the elements in the Scout Law are relative weaknesses for you?  Friendly, obedient, & thrifty

5.     If you were to create a list-type law, such as the Scout Law, for your occupation, what might it look like?  The evidence of a truly successful life is integrity, usefulness, modesty, kindness, service, friendship, love, & contentment.

 

 

4 comments:

Lisa said...

O, I almost borrowed this from you. Until I read the last "prompt." I don't believe my brain has recovered enough from my week to tackle this! (How can you knit for so long and not have any "self control", I ask tongue in cheek. Phew. That seems like it would take a LOT of self control, discipline .... ;))

Dory said...

Wow. Excellent food for thought. :o)

Amy said...

What an interesting meme, so telling of who you are! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Junie Moon said...

Your list is wonderful but the last item echoes perfectly my own thoughts: "The evidence of a truly successful life is integrity, usefulness, modesty, kindness, service, friendship, love, & contentment". Most excellent!