Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point ~ C. S. Lewis
Our character trait this month is courage. The SLO Classical Academy Character and Code of Conduct defines courage as: "Attempting difficult things that are worthwhile and facing difficulties and challenges with determination to do the right thing even when others don't."
How can we work on fostering courage? Maybe start off with something small like thinking up a new food to try. Perhaps each family member can write down one thing they are nervous about or afraid of (public speaking, sleeping without a nightlight, riding a bike without training wheels) and then in talking about it come up with one tangible way to face that fear and work on it a little bit at a time. Think of people who have courage and discuss why they are courageous or how their actions showed courage. Most of us will not have to rush into a burning building and pull someone to safety, but more likely our courage will be tested in other ways--talking with someone new, going somewhere unfamiliar, starting a new job, not joining the crowd in a questionable activity.
What are your ideas on instilling courage in your family? Leave a comment and be entered into a drawing for a Jamba Juice gift card! Contest closes next Monday. Don't miss our Classic Pre-School story hour tomorrow at 9:30 in the Lewis Library. Invite a friend!
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