My first boss was a great leader and influenced me throughout my entire career and in life. With his handlebar mustache he would dramatically say “Thank You” with sincere gratitude as he authorized a customer’s charge slip. That was back in the day when a manager signed off on every credit transaction. Ha! He had a smile somehow wider than his mustache. He was consistently pleasant, and whenever I thanked him for his authorization (BIG $$$ commission for me) he would say, “no, THANK YOU!” and I would feel so good. In life I have donned his appreciation and gleeful spirit as often as possible. Every day, as I would channel “Mr. Lester”, there was comfort, confidence, and good cheer spread. Consistently, because of my choice, I lead with positivity.
There were also other leaders who thought suspiciously and egotistically weak thoughts of inner greatness, unrealistic grand plans, conspiracies, and inadequacies. Failures were inevitable, heads would roll, and suffering vibed. Accountability was biased and justice was skewed.
During the sermon yesterday Father said it is not enough to change your behavior when you have done something wrong. You must address your thoughts.
I gathered some strategies on how we can spend time to become a better person, to lead, interact, and assure ourselves that we are enough. Reflect, select and act in alignment with core values such as friendly and considerate interactions. Every day fight vices and cultivate virtues.
5 Lessons from Marcus Aurelius:
– Train your perceptions
– Turn the other cheek
– View obstacles as opportunities
– Love your fate
– Compare your life to eternity
4 Virtues in Stoicism: Moderation, Wisdom, Courage, Justice
Aristotle’s 12 Virtues 1) Courage 2) Temperance 3) Liberality 4) Magnificence 5) Pride 6) Honor 7) Good Temper 8) Friendliness 9) Truthfulness 10) Wit 11) Friendship 12) Justice
St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians 5:22 “The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control ….”
What Are Your Thoughts , Your Core Values?
Where are you virtuous and what are your vices? Get your thoughts right to “Mr. Lester” your behavior. Your leadership can be a blessing to so many while at the same time you feel better being who you are here to be. The choice is up to you.