On an immediate and very practical level, our character is what really determines our success in any area of life. Our character guides our responses to any situation or circumstance in our life. How we respond to the various things that come up in life is what determines the results we get.
A Simple Example: How the Lack of A Single Character Quality Damaged My Relationship With My Daughter
Consider this incident…
I was talking on the phone with my daughter, Heather, who was away at college. She had been telling me about some of the things that were going on in her life, and I had been half-way listening, but I really had my mind on something else. (Notice my lack of Attentiveness, which is “showing the worth of a person or task by giving my undivided concentration.”)
When Heather asked me a question, my answer made it obvious that I had not been paying attention to what she had been saying. I could tell by the tone of her voice that she was hurt by my lack of attentiveness. I mentally kicked myself, and apologized to Heather. She forgave me, but it was too late to avoid the hurt. The damage had been done.
Heather was gracious, but I knew she felt that I just didn’t care enough to really listen to her. My lack of attentiveness had damaged our relationship – maybe not a lot, this time, but if repeated over and over the cumulative effect could be devastating.
Here are two more examples of the effect of character qualities on our lives…
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