Character: And I’m Not Talking Cartoons

One of LIFE co-founders, George Guzzardo, just posted a great blog article on character. Here is a brief excerpt:

“In today’s world it is clear that character of leaders in government and corporate officials is suspect. This subject is so important that Orrin Woodward wrote ‘Resolved: 13 Resolutions for LIFE’ which will be the LIFE book of the month in November. After reviewing much of his book, I feel it will be the best source to improve one’s character and thus one’s life when the principles in the book are applied. Many of today’s problems would be solved and the world would be a better place when character development becomes the project. Simply stated, “ the project is you.”

We are all placed in situations, usually multiple times a day, that require us to make decisions that reveal our true character. Just one example; you’re at the grocery store when the cashier misses an item and charges you less than you actually bought. Most of us are quick to point it out to the cashier when they over charge us, but how about when they under charge us? These situations usually catch us off guard and we have to make a character-based decision rather quickly. Here’s the truth of the matter, if we need to think about what to do in those situations, we need to work on our character. Now, don’t get me wrong, we all have this struggle to deal with and I am no exception…maintaining good character is a daily battle. Remember, it takes years to develop a good character-based reputation, but that reputation can collapse overnight by one bad decision that is made without character. If you’re like me, it is easier to make character-based decisions when we have an audience, but how about our decisions when no one is watching…when no one would know…now this is the true test of our character. Orrin Woodward has said many times regarding character as it applies to training for a boxing match, “If you cheat in the dark, you’ll be found out under the big lights”…how true!

Now with all that said, there is still hope for us. The first step is to be brutally honest with ourselves in evaluating our true character. Once that self-evaluation is done…now for the tough part…don’t beat yourself up about what you did or didn’t do in the past. Just make a commitment to yourself that you will change and improve your character from this day forward. If each of us would make that resolution, I think we’d be amazed at what a better world this would be. Thanks George for a great article!

God bless, have a great day, and thanks for visiting, Eric Blomdahl

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jen Blomdahl on November 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    What a great message. I want to thank you Eric for working on your character. You have become a man of great character with character (sense of humor). I am so proud to be your wife. What a better place this world will be as we all develop our character.

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  2. Posted by sue deer on November 15, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Hey Eric great blog character is a everyday challenge for many of us .Your right just keep working on it, so good character becomes a natural reaction you and jen are people of great character. thanks sue deer

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  3. Posted by Mary Hermsen on November 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Great article, Eric. You and Jen are such a great example of people with character. I’m sure we’ve all had the grocery store type of experience that you mentioned. It’s always good for us to remember that God knows what we do, even if the cashier doesn’t. I know there have been times in my life when I did not make the right decision. I don’t know what the consequences of those decisions have been. However, I’ve made a point to pay closer attention to consequences from having made character-based decisions. All sorts of good things have happened to us following a character-based decision!! Some of them have been small, seemingly inconsequetional blessings, and some larger (like winning $3,000 at the school auction at a time when we really needed it). But I have to believe that if we hadn’t made the right decision, those blessings would not have followed.

    Thanks for leading by example, and for being great characters of character!
    Mary

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