Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The Force of Character

Character takes a lifetime to build and only a moment to destroy.

It’s been unusually windy recently here in the valley of the sun. For a Midwestern boy who grew up hearing the tornado sirens every spring it’s surprising how quickly I forget about the force of wind. One violent storm can change the landscape of a town forever. Even when not violent whirling winds can erode entire mountain sides over time. It’s a force to be reckoned with.

Our character is a force to be reckoned with as well. Ask Billy Graham or Frank Warren. If you would rather, ask Alex Rodriguez or Bill Clinton. Or the people who hang out with you…

The word, character is closely related to the word, virtue. If you trace its original meanings, you’ll eventually come cross the idea of force. (Both in the English dictionary and in the Hebrew Lexicon)

In other words, someone with character is a force. The wind shapes as it moves through and moves by… likewise as you move through your life, through your company, career and relationships your character will leave a mark.

The question becomes, what kind of mark?

What are you leaving behind?

What will people discover after you’ve “blown” through?

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3 comments:

shawnmcq said...

The greatest living example of character on this earth today is former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. I encourage everyone to read his books on the subject. I have had the pleasure and honor of meeting this extraordinary man. He is a devout Christian who walks his talk.

Jonathan Foster said...

great example.

james oh said...

We, at http://liftyouup.blogspot.com, would like to give our two sense worth view on this issue. We do agree that character is a force as it reflect individual's belief. Many great people is always walk their talk. They mean what they say.