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What Virtue Do You Need to Work on Most?

  • I need to work on my patience. It would be such a relief to peacefully wait without forever thinking of a future event. How about you? Reply soon! haha
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    September 9, 2017 4:15 AM PDT
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  • Hello Tom - nice to meet one such as you.

    On reading your OP, it occurred to me to ask you about the nature of the un-peace-full-ness you mention because a certain amount or kind of 'excitation' can be a 'good' (therefore desirable) thing. Also, about the quality of your 'future event' kind of thinking, because a certain amount or kind of projecting a 'desired' future may also be positively efficaceous.

    To further alert you to things which may be worth considering in the above regards as you compose your response, here is an excerpt from the book I wrote which touches on the same points:

    Continued progress … is ‘in the works’—good reason, on occasion, to rejoice and celebrate. We will be able to do so all the more if we are careful not to succumb to either of the next discussed temptations which often sabotage creative process.

     One hazard lies in allowing optimism to lull us into taking benevolent eventuality for granted. I caution you, and urge you to caution others, against passively awaiting good fate. Many tributaries of Intelligence, whole civilizations even, have been lost in the shuffle because those at their forefront were either too personally complacent or insufficiently dedicated to the development of others around them. Even when headway has been made, if flow isn’t adequately maintained, streams can end up just soaking into the ground and drying up completely. It is vital that each of us help to keep creative developments going, or they could just ‘peter out’; and who knows how much time and trouble it would take for another cosmic outpouring to once again reach our present point on its way to earthly Life’s supernal ultimacy?

    The other danger is quite the opposite—lack of faith in Life’s positive disposition can lead us to be rash. For progress to be optimal, a certain amount of patience and judicious exercise of restraint are also necessary. Creativity has been severely impeded in the past, and could be again, by devastation caused by people in too much of a hurry. Important as it is that we capitalize on prior developments and energetically respond to current crises, it is equally important that such capitalization be careful rather than all-consuming, and that our initiatives in relation to others be measured and balanced, not disruptive of positive possibility.

    In such spirit, we best attend to the task at hand. The time has come for our species to move past childhood and adolescence. We are so many, have developed such power, and everywhere face such vital issues—now in particular, it is essential that, on a broad scale, we mature in the exercise of adult response-ability.

    September 19, 2017 9:33 AM PDT
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  • Hello again, Tom. I suspect my reply may have been too 'general' to be pertinent to yuor personal situation. I apologize for not asking for more information/specifics petaining to just what kind of unpeacefulness you are experiencing and referencing. If I haven't put you off completely, please do fill me in.

    Sincerely - David
    September 29, 2017 3:35 PM PDT
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  • Hi Everyone,

    Each of us as individuals contains all virtue within us. Virtues such as bravery, caution, kindness, patience and so many more.

    Vices such as cowardice, recklessness, meanness and impatience are only a lack of the corresponding virtue in our every day lives.

    So if all virtues are within how come these problems arise in our outer character?

    I believe it is caused by a temporary lack of acceptance/a repression of a particular virtue.

    The virtue is always within you in perfect harmony with all the other virtues but due to it being repressed by our ego minds (maybe due to some trauma or false or false beliefs) it becomes repressed within.

    The good news is that this can be remedied.

    Choose a virtue that you would like to strengthen. Then practice for a few minutes everyday to love and accept that virtue.

    By silently praising the chosen virtue as an abstract concept, in others and in ourselves we will nourish and strengthen it.

    If you have any vice or character flaw that you want to give up then contemplate which virtue would cure it and then work on that virtue.

    Each virtue supports and is supported by every other virtue. Therefore healing/boosting one virtue helps to heal and boost all the other virtues.

    Which virtue do you need to work on most?

    This is a very interesting question. There are a number of options:

    You could work on the virtue that would help heal your deepest flaw first.

    You could work on a virtue which you are already strong with and use it to help boost your other virtues.

    You could work on whichever virtue you feel most inclined to work with at the time.

    You could go through a list of all the virtues systematically so as to make sure you do not 
    miss out on working on a needed virtue due to personal blind spots.

    You could also pick out a virtue randomly for similair reasons.


    Here is a clickable list of the virtues which also has a Random Virtue Button:

    Virtue List

     

    Best Wishes,

    James

    November 4, 2017 6:08 AM PDT
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  • [blockquote class='siteforum_icon_quote']James Barton said:

    Which virtue do you need to work on most?

    This is a very interesting question. There are a number of options:

    You could work on the virtue that would help heal your deepest flaw first.

    You could work on a virtue which you are already strong with and use it to help boost your other virtues.

    You could work on whichever virtue you feel most inclined to work with at the time.

    You could go through a list of all the virtues systematically so as to make sure you do not 
    miss out on working on a needed virtue due to personal blind spots.

    You could also pick out a virtue randomly for similar reasons.


    Here is a clickable list of the virtues which also has a Random Virtue Button:

    Virtue List

    [/blockquote]

    Succinct and to the point! Random Virtue button is cool. I bookmarked Virtue List which has the Random Virtue link at the top. smile

    BTW: The email notification I received had no embedded link (to here, I came here to anyway to put in a 'like') - intentional design? not? This post was edited by davidsun at November 4, 2017 8:02 AM PDT
    November 4, 2017 7:50 AM PDT
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  • Cheers Davidsun,

    According to the website statistics my clickable Virtue List is the most popular page on the site.

    Thanks for letting me know about the lack of embedded link in the email. It would be better with one. I 
    will ask the developer to fix it next week.

     

    November 4, 2017 8:15 AM PDT
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