As we just celebrated Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is on the horizon, I have been reflecting on how my parents, each in their own way, taught me. They were tough lessons as I have shared with you. Many I had to learn on my own. Had one of my parents around, the other one was with my brother on the other side of the world in the United States. As we are in between the days, namely Mother’s and Father’s Day, I thought about what got them through those times. How did my Dad get through those storms? How did my Mom come to the place where she realized she needed to face herself? Strength of scars and wisdom of wounds. The words that jump out at me are character and wisdom. As I look at my trio, character and wisdom will come in handy for them too.
You can out-distance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you. ~Rwandan Proverb
Character, what is it? What I do know is that it matters and that ‘You are what you do’. It is the most important asset you have, takes a lifetime to build and can lose it instantly. Though difficult, it can be regained; don’t have to look far for examples. It is manifested through behavior, thoughts, and feelings based on principles, moral strength, and integrity. What’s unsaid is that it involves the fortitude to live it, in other words “guts”.