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Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.  – William Hazlitt

virtue (n) an example of moral goodness or excellence.

harmony (n) a virtue; agreement in action, opinion, feeling, etc.; accord; a pleasing combination of parts in a whole; compatibility

Be grateful for and celebrate the beauty in all things because beauty is everywhere; and ignore all limitations and boundaries wherever they are found, because they are illusion. – David F. Sanders

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. – Gandhi

In our interactions with others, gentleness, kindness, and respect are the source of harmony. – Buddha

Gentleness, patience, and kindness are elements of basic human decency, as Maya pointed out in yesterday’s comments.

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Your femininity flows directly from your ability to authentically embody them.

These virtues are the foundation of your femininity.

gentleness

Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water. Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible, nothing can surpass it. The soft overcomes the hard; the gentle overcomes the rigid. – Tao Te Ching

patience

If you have patience, then you’ll also have love. Patience leads to love. If you forcefully open the petals of a bud, you won’t be able to enjoy its beauty and fragrance. Only when it blossoms by following its natural course, will the beauty and fragrance of a flower unfold. – Amma

kindness

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. – Leo F. Buscaglia

Femininity without gentleness, patience, and kindness is a facade.

And a rather short-lived one considering that harpies demand light.

Better than anyone else, you know who you are.

Decide who you want to be and keep moving toward it.

virtue (n) an example of moral goodness or excellence.

courage (n) a virtue; the quality of mind or spirit to face difficulty in spite of fear or doubt; bravery; the deliberate decision that action is necessary regardless.

Courage is admitting that you’re afraid and facing that fear directly. It’s being strong enough to ask for help and humble enough to accept it.

Courage is standing up for what you believe in without worrying about the opinions of others. It’s following your own heart, living your own life, and settling for nothing less than the best for yourself.

Courage is daring to take a first step, a big leap, or a different path. It’s attempting to do something that no one has done before and all others thought impossible.

Courage is keeping heart in the face of disappointment and looking at defeat not as an end but as a new beginning. It’s believing that things will ultimately get better even as they get worse.

Courage is being responsible for your own actions and admitting your own mistakes without placing blame on others. It’s relying not on others for your success, but on your own skills and efforts.

Courage is refusing to quit even when you’re intimidated by impossibility. It’s choosing a goal, sticking with it, and finding solutions to the problems.

Courage is thinking big, aiming high, and shooting far. It’s taking a dream and doing anything, risking everything, and stopping at nothing to it make it a reality.

by Caroline Kent

Nothing endures but change. – Heraclitus

Change is inevitable. Change is constant. – Benjamin Disraeli

virtue (n) an example of moral goodness or excellence.

adaptability (n) a virtue; the ability to change to fit changed circumstances in order to succeed; to maintain effectiveness in a changing environment; to adjust by gathering relevant information and applying critical thinking for your benefit.

If you are on a road to nowhere, find another road. – Unknown

Bend and you will be straight. – Tao Tzu

Donkey in the Well

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.

Finally he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They each grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well, and was astonished at what he saw. As every shovel of dirt hit his back, the donkey did something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed, as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off.

Moral: Life is going to shovel dirt on you. Shake it off and take a step up.

Moanin’ and groanin’ does not help your plight. Shut it up and step up your game. – Auntie Vanessa

Stay in the best light 🙂

virtue (n) an example of moral goodness or excellence.

tact (n) a virtue; a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others, so as to avoid giving offense or to win good will; a keen sense of what is appropriate, tasteful, or aesthetically pleasing; discrimination; discretion; diplomacy; incorporates both honesty and compassion.

Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people. – Spencer Johnson

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy. – Sir Isaac Newton

It is tact that is golden, not silence. – Samuel Butler

New information can come from anywhere and anyone. Ultimately, it is your choice whether or not to absorb and act on it.

When deciding, always, always, always employ objectivity and skepticism.

    Both are virtues.

    virtue (n) an example of moral goodness or excellence.

    objectivity (n) a virtue; the ability to discern what is real without being biased by self-interest, exceptions rather than rules, fantasy, or emotion; the quality of being accurate and independent of individual perceptions.

    skepticism (n) a virtue; any questioning attitude, or degree of doubt regarding anything that is generally taken for granted; critical thinking based on the possibility of error due to lack of objectivity.

    Being objective and skeptical differ greatly from the outright ignoring or discrediting of information simply because you don’t like it. Objectivity and skepticism require intelligence and maturity. They also require an openness which is very feminine. A rigid or closed off attitude indicates ignorance at best.

    Ask how it benefits you to believe or not to believe.

    Ask how it benefits others if you believe or don’t believe.

    Keep yourself in the best possible light.

    virtue (n) an example of moral goodness or excellence.

    common sense (n) a virtue; a knack for reason; use of prudent, sound, or practical judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.

    For the best chance at having a decent father for your children, select a man who has actually been fathered. – Auntie Vanessa

    If the village elders don’t provide the scripts (for youth success), the village idiots will. – Dr. Robert Michael Franklin

    There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one’s life – reciprocity.  – Confucius


    virtue (n) an example of moral goodness or excellence.

    pragmatism (n) a virtue. A practical approach to problems and affairs; character or conduct that emphasizes practicality; action or policy dictated by consideration of the immediate practical consequences rather than by theory or dogma.

    Put simply, accepting what is real and making the best of it.

    Instead of trying to cover the whole world with leather, put on some sandals. – Shantideva

    “My plea is that not for women to be less “empowered”, but for them to assimilate into a feminine “role”, if they want men to be men. And if they want to be treated like “ladies”. Women who behave like men (or behave how they THINK men behave) are NOT very sexy. And if you refuse to acknowledge this plea, while shaming and pissing on our egos further; we’ll take other paths to happiness. Because that’s what men do.” – Keyster, Comments, A Plea to the Feminine

    Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped. – Bondei Proverb

    virtue (n) an example of moral goodness or excellence.

    patient (adj) bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like; quietly and steadily persevering or diligent.

    patience (n) the quality of being patient; an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay; even-tempered care.

    Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength. – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

    Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. – Lao Tse

    Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering you own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew. – St. Francis de Sales

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    “If there is anything you don’t want people to know about you, don’t tell anyone. We give people too much responsibility when we entrust them with our business. Sometimes they repeat the information mindlessly; other times they use our story to make a point. We should only tell our problems to people who can help. Eighty percent of the people we talk to can’t help us; the other 20 percent really don’t care. We are quick to accuse our friends of betraying us, but do we consider how we betray ourselves? We lie to ourselves and on ourselves and then allow ourselves to believe it will not come back. It does, through the mouth and actions of someone else. In those special times when you must talk about your private affairs, ask the other person if he is willing to keep your confidence. If he repeats it, then the responsibility is his – not for telling your business, but for not keeping his word.”

    Iyanla Vanzant, Acts of Faith

    Discretion