This week's character challenge is to be caring. It does not take a huge act of kindness to show others that we care about them. We can show that we care by being an active listener, helping each other, or simply asking, "How are you doing?" These small things can make a huge difference!
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
This week's character challenge is to be helpful. It is easy to get caught up in our own problems and daily life, but it is important to take time to help others in need. At school, you might help a classmate carry their books or open their locker. You could also hold the door for the person behind you or help a classmate pick up items that he or she has dropped in the hallway. Students can also be helpful to their teachers by offering to pass out papers and by setting a good example of an attentive learner. Being helpful is a great way to brighten somebody else's day (as well as your own).
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” -John Holmes
This week's character challenge is to be genuine. To be genuine, you say what you mean and you mean what you say. You treat people the same way to their faces as you would behind their backs. This can be quite a challenge in junior high. Unfortunately, people gossip and spread rumors, and these same people may claim to be your "friend". Regardless of others' behaviors and choices, it is important to be true to yourself and follow your own system of beliefs.
“It takes so much energy to lie. I wish people could grasp the sense of freedom and liberation that comes with being honest and genuine.”
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a relaxing spring break!
This week’s character challenge is to be present. Being present means that you give your friends, teachers, and family members your full attention. Today, many people multi-task while on their computers, phones, and tablets. However, this is not being present for the people trying to interact with you. Being present shows that you respect others and value their time. Teenagers and kids are not the only people guilty of paying more attention to their technology than to the people surrounding them...adults do it, too. It is important that we become more aware of these habits and make an effort to spend quality time with the people we care about.
~“The greatest gift you can give (yourself or anyone else) is just being present”