Virtue; now there is a word for ya. For me, an American boy raised in the Bible belt, it calls up all the things a good boy should be; Faithful, Hopeful, and Charitable.
A virtue is many things done many different ways. It is a positive trait or quality deemed to be morally good and thus is valued. Now here is the thing, most of us know the difference between good and bad. That means most of us know when we are being virtuous … and NOT.
The point I am drawing you into is this, virtue is a foundation of good moral being. Foundation? When I think foundation, I think of a strong base to build on. See my point? As a foundation, it is a base or core from which most actions come from; this makes a virtuous person.
Notice the word most? That means no one is expected to be their best all the time; just more than not. All you need to do is try to be more virtuous. Notice the word try. For me, I shoot for 80% and typically come in between 66 to 75 percent. Does this make me a saint? No, just reading that makes me laugh. Does it make me a virtuous person? Yes, in my book.
Virtue is something you do. Do enough of it; say more than not and you become virtuous. The point I am drawing you into is this, virtue is what you do, virtuous is something you become with effort. Believe me, it takes effort. Don’t stop trying. The opposite of virtue is vise.
What are you shooting for?
This is my intro to a series of short articles on Virtue that I plan to post once a week. If you enjoy these articles, please add name your email to get them delivered to you.