Monday, January 17, 2011

Young Women of Virtue

All around the world we have tales of great heroes and historic examples of goodness. The stories encourage us to nurture and embody virtue. They tell us that our friends and neighbors can be heroes-- that we can be heroes.

You don't need to lead a nation to victory to be a hero.Each girl has the potential to be a beautiful example to those around her. She can be a hero.

Each culture has its own idea of which characteristics their ideal person possesses. The name for this kind of person varies between societies, but the characteristics remain the same.

In Western culture, we call our heroes Virtuous. The ancient Greeks saw the Arete in the protagonists of their epic tales.Chinese philosophy honors their greats with De, their denominated characteristic for greatness.

No matter the name of this quality, its meaning is almost uniform no matter who you ask. The great people who embody this virtue share several characteristics.

Each has control over him/herself. Each acts without selfishness with the intent of helping others and furthering justice. Each is confident, wise, and true. Each has a desire to constantly learn and grow to be better.

Make the changes you need to in your life to become more like this, because the world could use a few more heroes. And we all know that our girls could use a few more examples of virtuous living.