Life of Virtue
Can you imagine a world where everyone had this standard of living? What would this world look like? I believe most people strive for good but lose it in the matrix of life. Living a life of virtue isn't easy with all of the life's distractions. The older we get the more we see and the less we see. What if every day we saw virtue and goodness - of joy and calm - of self-love and worthiness with everything around us? All living things working together with virtue as the end goal.
How about doing this today - As the day passes by seeing the things around you as good and honorable - the trees, the leaves, the people, the water, the animals. See if it makes you feel something new.
"If we judge good and evil only the things in the power of our own choice, then there is no room left for blaming gods or being hostile to others." Marcus Aurelius
Cheer them on!
"It's in keeping with Nature to show our friends affection and to celebrate their advancement as if it were our very own. For if we don't do this, virtue, which is strengthened only by exercising our perceptions, will no longer endure in us."
Have you ever caught yourself feeling jealousy or selfishness when looking upon others successes? I hate to admit this, but this has happened often in my life. It's the toughest thing to overcome especially if we are struggling. Our brains sometime take us to the mentality of "if they win - I will lose." Their gain is my loss. Having compassion and empathy for other's successes is just like anything. We get better with practice. It's a muscle - once we are aware of the muscle and the exercises to strengthen it, then we slowly rejoice in other's accomplishments. Next time something great happens to your friend, colleague, or families life cheer on their success. This doesn't have to be out in the open. It could be a text message or just a nice thought. This might be difficult but your morality and integrity desperately need it.
“If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you.”
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Jon Belt is a middle school teacher in Oklahoma City, and the host of the Teacher Tunnel Podcast.