Orderliness Orderliness is “keeping things clean and neat.” Orderliness is not a natural tendency or event. Even the second law of thermodynamics states that without intervention, all things move toward greater entropy and disorder. You can see this every day as your desk, purse, book bag, bedroom, closet, and vehicle become less organized and [...]
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Obedience Obedience is “doing my duty with a good attitude.” Obedience is not just about rules, regulations, and punishment. It is really about cooperating with one another in order to have a safe and orderly school, home, and community. Think of the peace and freedom you enjoy when neighbors respect one another and obey [...]
Diligence Diligence is “focusing my effort on the work at hand.” Diligence is like an investment, which means that what you put into something determines what you will get out of it. A diligent person works hard because anything worth doing is worth doing right, and the way you do your work is a [...]
Self-ControlSelf-Control is “doing what is right, even when I don't feel like it.”Imagine riding in a car that is out of control. It can be frightening and very dangerous! This is also true for people who are out of control. They can hurt themselves and other people.Self-control is like having steering and brakes in the [...]
Wisdom Wisdom is “applying truth to my daily decisions.” Being wise is different than being smart. A smart person knows a lot of facts, but a wise person is able to apply those facts to the situation at hand. If you want to make wise decisions, you must realize that every decision is important. [...]
Gratefulness Gratefulness is “showing appreciation for what I have.” This means recognizing what others have done for you and showing your gratitude. This kind of positive and thankful attitude makes someone pleasant to be with—especially compared to an ungrateful person who takes things for granted. No matter what your circumstance, you can always find [...]
Honesty Honesty is “being truthful in what I say and do.” Honesty is more than just accurately reporting facts. It includes what you say, and it also includes what you don't say! For example, if your mom asks, "Did you eat the cookies?" you could accurately say "no" if you just ate one cookie. But that would be [...]
Patience Patience is “waiting without getting upset.” Some things just take time—like growing up, traveling from one place to another, or learning something new. A patient person responds to these situations with a positive outlook and attitude. This includes trying new approaches and “pushing through” in order to overcome obstacles. Patience is a necessary [...]
Enthusiasm Enthusiasm is “putting my whole heart into what I do.” Whatever the task, no matter how big or small, it will always turn out better if you put your whole heart into it! Another great thing about enthusiasm is—it's contagious! Your "spark" of energy and excitement can ignite others to live their lives [...]
Responsibility Responsibility is “taking ownership of my thoughts, words, and actions.” This trait is essential for becoming a healthy, happy, and productive person…and it is the basis for a free and civil society where each person does what he or she is expected to do. Responsibility begins with “little things” like taking care of [...]