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.