The Character Habit

aristotle-quoteCharacter is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.– Aristotle
In other words, what we do shows our true Character.  For good or ill, how we behave is truly the mark of who we are.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.-Aristotle
Excellence is measured in many ways.  Wins, a great batting average, achieving a Gold standard in the Journey to Excellence program, becoming an Eagle Scout, or raising your children to be great adults.  What is comes down to are the habits that your form to achieve excellence.  How can Scouting help one develop these habits?  Simple, but providing programs that move toward the aims of Scouting.  Keeping the Scout Oath and Law at the forefront of everything that we do in Scouting.  Ensuring that character, citizenship, and fitness are never missing when we reflect on the game we play.
The values expressed in the Oath and Law become those habits that drive us to excellence.  We measure that daily when we lay in bed at night and reflect on the day.  Did we help other people?  Did we make a difference in someone’s life?  Were we kind and courteous?  Were we friendly and obedient?  Did we do all we can to be someone that can be trusted and counted on?  Were we thrifty with our resources, our money, and our environment?  Do we ask ourselves these questions so that tomorrow we can be a better person that wants to be excellent?  That is how we shape our character and maintain it.
As Scouters, did we do something today to enrich the lives of our Scouts and their families?  Are we the role model to them?  What does that mean to you and what are you doing about it?
We are what we repeatedly do.  Can you honestly say you do your best?  I know it’s a struggle at times, but we need to try and try hard.  Everything that we do is seen by our Scouts.  They look to us to be models of character.  To them maybe the concept of character is still a bit foggy.  What they see in you will make a difference in how they develop those habits.
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons. – Aristotle.
The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.– Baden Powell
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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