Caring for Self and Others

Quite some time ago, we posted about life skills and various activities to learn or in which to engage. Let’s refresh our memories on the character traits that help us be better all-around, as both citizens in our communities and individuals.

➜ Caring: feel concern for others
➜ Common Sense: to think things through
➜ Cooperation: work together towards a common goal
➜ Courage: face challenges with confidence
➜ Curiosity: desire to learn about a wide range of things
➜ Effort: try your hardest
➜ Flexibility: ability to alter plans when needed
➜ Friendship: make and keep a friend
➜ Initiative: do something because it needs to be done
➜ Integrity: act according to what’s right and wrong
➜ Organization: plan, arrange, and implement in an orderly way
➜ Patience: wait calmly for something
➜ Perseverance: continue in spite of challenges
➜ Pride: satisfaction from doing personal best
➜ Problem-solving: seek solutions to difficult situations
➜ Responsibility: accountable for own actions

I wanted to talk about caring – feeling concern for others, but now that I’m reviewing the list, I kind of want to talk about cooperation. So, what I’ll do, is talk about all of them! Seriously, we’ll discuss the various traits as we come to each one. We’ve already discussed responsibility. We have kind of discussed common sense with Reverend Kim’s list of 50 facts of life. We’ll start at the top and work our way down the list, but we’ll remember we’ve already checked two of those topics off.

So now, let’s look at how Merriam-Webster defines care, the verb/action/attitude

: to feel interest in something : to be interested in or concerned about something
: to feel affection for someone
: to want to do something or to be something

a :  to feel trouble or anxiety
b :  to feel interest or concern <care about freedom>

:  to give care <care for the sick>

a :  to have a liking, fondness, or taste <don’t care for your attitude>
b :  to have an inclination <would you care for some pie>

So who do you value? What are you concerned about? What are you interested in? To what things do you show a detailed level of care, interest, affection, concern, wanting to do well?

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