Saturday, September 16, 2017

       You’re moving up in the world. Having technical skills and job know-how is helpful. But having the right blend of health, unique skills, and good character equips you for a successful, fulfilled life. This blog offers paths to self-understanding, self-management, and social functioning in today's competitive world. Virtue and ethics will set you apart from your peers, and open many doors of opportunity.
    
     Character: A Primer will help you identify and strengthen your best qualities. You will develop a sense of mastery and act in your best interests. You will more effectively manage stress. You will gain wisdom and understanding. You will make sound, informed decisions and do the right thing. You will form more stable personal and working relationships, and develop the capacities of others. You will contribute to a more just and peaceful world.
     Be the total package: competent, virtuous, and ethical. You now have a guide to doing the right things, in the right ways, for the right reasons. With Character: A Primer as your mentor and companion, you will be in demand for the qualities which are admired, respected, and sought by individuals and employers.
     Men and women of history who have demonstrated noteworthy character are also presented.

     Here's how ideas are grouped:

                 Desirable Character Qualities and Processes: These virtues, values, and ethics are character qualities that serve you well in your personal life and chosen livelihood.
                 Character and Feelings: These healthy emotions sustain you through your most diffficult challenges.
                 Character and Competencies:
These abilities enable you to manage yourself, perform optimally, and guide informed, sound processes in your workplace.
                 Character and the Social Environment: These ideas improve your interactions with others and enhance your human relationships.
                 Character and Belief Systems: These ideas on belief systems and spirituality encourage and assist you in finding your deepest personal truths.
                 Character, Nature, and Science: These ideas encourage you to explore, discover, observe, reflect on, and sustain beauty and balance in the natural world around you.
                 Noteworthy Models of Character: The values and actions of these virtuous, ethical individuals have contributed significantly to human progress.

Desirable Character Qualities and Processes:
Altruism
Answers
Assistance (Providing)  
Assistance (Requesting and Receiving)
Awareness
Balance
Beneficence
Calm
Cautiousness
Character
Chastity
Cheerfulness
Civility
Commitment
Compassion

Confidence 
Conscientiousness
Courage
Creativity
Criticism
Cycles
Decisiveness
Dependability
Depth

Detachment  
Determination  
Diligence  
Discipline

Endurance  
Energy 
Enjoyment of Life  
Equanimity

Excellence  
Fantasy
Fidelity
Flexibility  
Flourishing

Foresight  
Forgiveness
Fulfillment  
Genuineness  
Goodness
Health Behavior

Honor  
Humanity  
Humility   
Humor
Idealism  
Imagination  
Impartiality  
Inquisitiveness  
Integration  
Integrity
Intuition  
Inventiveness  
Judgment  
Knowledge  
Meekness  
Mercy  
Modesty  
Morality  
Nonviolence
Obligation
Openness   
Opportunity  
Order  
Ordinary  
Patience
Peace
Perseverance
Philomathy
Pleasure and Pain 
Prudence
Quality of Life   
Quiet  
Resilience  
Respect  
Restraint

Retirement  
Schema  
Self-Actualization and Self-Transcendence

Sincerity  
Softness  
Solitude  
Stability  
Striving for Excellence
Sublimation  
Tenacity  
Tenderness
Thoughtfulness  
Tolerance  
Valor  
Values  
Vigilance  
Virtue  
Vision  
Wealth 

Character and Feelings:
Acceptance
Affection
Ambiguity
Anticipation
Contentment
Delight
Elation

Enthusiasm 
Euphoria
Excitement  
Exhilaration  
Happiness 
Hope  
Joy  
Loneliness  
Optimism  
Pride
Satisfaction  
Zeal


Character and Competencies:
Addiction Versus Strengths
Assertiveness
Attending
Challenge
Clarity in Expression
Collaboration
Concentration
Conflict Management
Congruency of Words and Actions
Consensus Decisions
Cooperation
Defense
Delusion as Motivation
Denialism: Countering With Evidence
Discernment
Drug Avoidance

Emotional Expression
Empowerment  
Encouragement  

Ethical Development
Exercise
Goal  
Gratitude
Highly Sensitive Person  
Holistic Health
Immediacy
Impulse Control
Independent Thinking
Introspection  

Leadership
Life Skills  
Listening
Logic  
Mastery
Mediation  
Meditation
Mentorship  
Mindfulness
Minimalism 
Moderation  
Moral and Ethical Actions  
Moral Reasoning
Motivation  
Obedience
Objectivity  

People Skills
Performance Appraisal
Personal Development
Plainness
Potential  
Problem-Solving
Project Management  
Readiness
Reality
Reason
Relaxation
Self-Awareness  
Self-Reliance  
Sensitivity  
Sexuality and Sexual Health  

Silence
Simplicity in Language  
Simplicity in Living  

Slowing Down  
Stewardship  

Stress Management
Subtlety and Nuance  
Tactfulness  

Teams
Truth
Uncertainty Management  
Unconditional Positive Regard  
Usefulness  
Wisdom   


Character and the Social Environment:
Appreciation
Attitude
Autonomy
Benevolence
Candor
Caring for Others
Categories
Charity
Citizenship
Coexistence
Conformity
Courtesy
Democracy
Empathy
Exemplifying  
Fairness
Freedom  
Generosity  
Gentility  
Gentleness 

Globalization
Healing Others
Helping: A Process
Hospitality  
Human Development  
Human Development Index

Human Rights
Humanitarianism  
Identification  
Independence  
Invisibility  
Justice  
Kindness  
Labels  
Moral Relativism  
Pacifism   

Persuasion
Philanthropy

Power
Relationships
Repression, Suppression, Subjugation, Oppression
Responsibility
Selflessness  
Sharing  
Social Cohesion  
Solidarity  

Trustworthiness
Understanding
Uniqueness
Unselfishness
War
Welfare

Character and Belief Systems:
Agnosticism
Atheism
Church, Temple, Mosque
Deism
Determinism
Divinity
Evidence
Free Will
Humanism
Mind and Body
Myth
Religion
Reverence
Secularization
Spirituality
Tao

Character, Nature, and Science:
Adventuring
Animals
Death
Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)
Empiricism
Environmental Ethics
Exploring
Fate
General Systems Theory
Harmony
Luck
Mountains
Naturalism and Physicalism
Point
Purity
Relativity
Research
Scientific Method
Universality
Wilderness


Individuals of Noteworthy Character:
Addams, Jane (1860–1935)
Blake, William (1757–1827)
Dallaire, Rom̩o (1946Р)
Einstein, Albert (1879–1955)
Gibran, Khalil (1883–1931)
Ingersoll, Robert Green (1833–1899)
Jefferson, Thomas (1743–1826)
Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1917–1963)
King, Jr., Martin Luther (1929–1968)
Lao-tzu (c. 604 BC–c. 531 BC)
Locke, John (1632–1704)
Maslow, Abraham (1908–1970)
Ming-Dao, Deng (1954– )
Nietzsche, Freidrich (1844–1900)
Paine, Thomas (1737–1809)
Roosevelt, Eleanor (1884–1962)
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques (1721–1778)
Sagan, Carl (1934–1996)
Wilson, Edward Osborne (1929– )
Yousafzai, Malala (1997– )



              References (List of sources)

     I'm an ordinary man, continuing to learn and grow through your wisdom and diverse life experiences. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Qualified Clinical Supervisor in Florida, my clinical focus is the support of people experiencing anxiety, depression, loss, or trauma. I was a Lifepath Hospice (Tampa) patient/family counselor for 13 rewarding years. I was the disaster behavioral health specialist (mental health guy) on a Public Health Service field medical team serving in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. As a member of my state/county Medical Reserve Corps, I staffed a Special Needs shelter near Tampa during Hurricane Irma, providing practical and emotional support to disaster evacuees. I’ve had the privilege of evaluating emergency performance of three major Tampa-area hospitals during recent county mass disaster drills.
     I served in ‘every clime and place’ and in many capacities during my 24-year adventure in the United States Marine Corps. In war and peace, I functioned in infantry, photography, aviation (avionics), many leadership and instructor roles, and in the development of training policy.

     I'm a copy editor of medical journals, and also provide online editorial assistance to university students desiring help with essays, theses, and research. I’ve volunteered as a literacy tutor, crisis hotline listener, Indochinese Family Services volunteer, hospice family bereavement camp group facilitator, radio reading service reader for the blind, animal welfare league volunteer, food bank volunteer, Mojave National Preserve volunteer, deaf service center volunteer, Tampa Amnesty International group coordinator, and in many other capacities toward the greater good.
     A healthy, active survivor of chronic myelogenous leukemia, I run to my gym and lift weights daily. My deepest satisfactions are in the promotion of human rights; acting toward the health, education and development of humanity, and contributing to a more just and peaceful world.
     I invite you to my blog of personal writings and imagery at http://quietjourneys.blogspot.com/. A few of these pieces appear in a 2016 international review of poetry The Poetic Bond VI - Various Poets, available at Amazon.com.
 


Will Walsh

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