Words of Wisdom #3
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

In her famous diary, a very young Anne Frank wrote these words:

Parents can only give good advice or put [their children] on the right path, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.

Anne Frank is talking about self-responsibility which, in a nutshell, means taking responsibility for your thoughts, words, and deeds. Our parents, teachers, counselors, and faith leaders can offer us valuable advice. They can recommend which path to take. They can share the wisdom they have gained through experience. But in the end, it is up to us to make the right choices.

Today, practice taking responsibility for your actions. If you make a mistake, admit it. If you hurt someone's feelings or say something you shouldn't, apologize. Learning to be self-responsible is learning to be a person of character, and being a person with character is a goal we should all set for ourselves.

Make it a great day . . . or not. The choice is yours.

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