Gifts of Character – Understanding

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Understanding. Understanding is needed to come up with ways of solving problems, having new ideas or having empathy. We gain understanding by opening and exploring for ourselves, looking for what is real and genuine. We accept what is the whole truth, detaching emotions or personal…

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Gifts of Character – Understanding

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Understanding. Understanding is combining knowledge with experiences and the practice of perceptiveness. Understanding gives us clarity and deeper comprehension of ideas and feelings. Our search for understanding deepens our empathy and opens us to compassion for others. I recognize understanding as an essential component of…

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Gifts of Character – Understanding

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Understanding. The beginning of understanding is engagement. When fully engaged with another person, we seek what is happening for that person before coming to a conclusion about motives or actions. It places us in the position to use our compassion and forgiveness. Understanding is seeing…

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Gifts of Character – Understanding

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Understanding. Understanding is about having a clear picture of what is true. We detach from what our emotions want and seek to have clear insight into ideas and feelings. With compassion we listen to others, only to help them find their own clarity. To gain…

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Gifts of Character – Understanding

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Understanding. Understanding is the relationship of knowledge of a person, thing or idea with context and our experiences. Understanding takes extra effort to have clear insight, and when relating to people, it requires empathy. The practice of understanding is about taking the time to listen…

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Gifts of Character – Understanding

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Understanding. Understanding with our mind is about thinking with a clear head. Our mind seeks to comprehend the full truth.  Understanding with our hearts gives us empathy and compassion. Our heart is completely present to others, using empathy to understand how they feel. Today I…

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Gifts of Character – Understanding

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Understanding. Understanding is the result of thinking clearly and finding meaning after gaining knowledge. With an understanding mind we can make wise decisions, be creative with solutions. An understanding heart is able to be compassionate and empathetic. As I reflect on understanding today I will…

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Gifts of Character – Gentleness

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Gentleness. Gentleness starts with a desire that no harm comes to others and that all things, creatures, and persons are safe in our presence. We grow this attitude by beginning with compassion for ourselves and taking time to engage in gentle activities. When we stop…

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Gifts of Character – Fairness

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Fairness. Fairness is about meeting the needs of everyone so that each is heard with respect including ourselves. Our interest is in seeking what is beneficial for all concerned without one person overpowering any given situation. We listen to each other with openness and focus…

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Gifts of Character – Strength

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Strength. Strength begins to grow when we accept that suffering – the challenges, adversities, and stress that happens to every human – is not meant to beat us down. First, we have difficulties and troubles. Then we grow our resilience when we ask “How can…

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