By Teresa Cavaliere
West Palm Beach, FL, USA
(credit: Joseph J. Bucheck III)
A dear friend of mine always says, “It's all in the journey, Teresa”. A person’s character speaks volumes to me. It says a lot about them. It tells me how they treat the people they live with, love and work along side. It’s hard to believe, but I think character, ethics, morals and virtues today have practically vanished. The demonization of one’s character is at an all time high. Character is not something you take off like a suit or a dress. The journey is the foundation of one’s character. Isn't it all about the journey?
As I tell my children, “Look at how people treat their loved ones and you'll know how you will be treated”. Of course, life is not perfect. It's up to us who rent this spot on earth to make a difference. That used to mean work hard, treat people well and respect not only others, but yourself, for that is the painting of you (character) as we hang in this museum of life. It's the mark we leave behind as our ancestors left for us. As we sit back and judge others about what they have done or not done, look at your own journey and ask, “How did I do?” Remember it is in the journey that makes us who and what we are.
Unfortunately, we have taught and continue to teach the younger generation that is it alright to feel entitled and to expect the perfect scenario. What have we done to contribute to this manner of thinking? It's as if the hunger to get ahead allows one to do crazy things and throw their ethics out the window.
If we all begin at the top of the ladder, who will be left to grease the wheel of everyday life? We have to start somewhere, and then move up, all the while teaching our children that goals start at the beginning, not the end. The journey makes you feel accomplished, respected and respectful of others doing the same. Is that not what the journey of success is about? Work is good for the soul and builds character, confidence and respect of self. To know that, you can grow from nothing.
Let's begin at the beginning. I am...