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August 19, 1998

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Lastly, character is a choice. We adopt a guiding principle that helps us know what to do. Our hearts give us the courage to resist compromise. It is with our hands that we choose what is right. Ultimately we don’t have character if we don’t choose to do what is right.

When we choose to act outside the Golden Rule, even if we understand the rule and believe in it, then we show a lack of character. As we choose to implement the Golden Rule through our actions, then we will gain the trust of others and the reputation of character as a result of our consistent choices. Character is especially hard to choose when it hurts—for example, when our choice to live by principal costs us profit, relationship, or popularity. But character is of far greater worth.

1. Are you making good choices everyday?

2. How many of your daily choices are based on good character judgments?

Read the following popular quote slow and out loud. Let each phrase tumble through your brain. Break it into the four rhythms and think about it for a second. Contemplate how true this quote is in your life.

Sow a thought, reap an act. Sow an act, reap a habit; Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny.

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