It’s Time We Start "Showing” Character
With the new year upon us, it is always a great time to reflect on the successes and the failures of this year. It is important for everyone to build on our successes and not dwell defeats in the past year. Opportunity exists for everyone to make a better person of themselves and the world around them in the new year. Showing character is a good way to start the new year.
During any given year you can experience the following: getting a bad grade on a test, not winning the major show, or falling short to qualifying for state in your CDE event. In the same year you can also achieve winning a new scholarship, get accepted to the college of your dreams, or even meet a person that will be your best friend for the rest of your life. Character is how we react to each of these situations whether the outcome is positive or not as planned.
Going into a new year is a good time to set new goals, renew old ones and have a checkpoint in life of where you are on your journey to success. Showing more character should not have to be on your list of goals to achieve. Showing character should be an everyday practice. There are some people that have lacked the role models in life to have great character and know how to show it daily. That is where people in agriculture can take the lead in life. It is critical be confident in your choices in life, not because you believe someone thinks it would look good, because you know it is the right choice.
Here are a few ways we can start showing character in life.
Respect each other. Currently we live in a digital age where we can use an emoji or gif to express how we feel and show our reactions to any situation. When I grew up a phone hung on the wall in the kitchen and had a 6-foot cord that could reach into the next room. Having phones and laptops and other devices at the touch of our fingers yields more power than can be imagined. It is imperative that you always treat others with respect and dignity when using these devices to communicate with the world.
Help others without having to be asked. There are everyday situations that come up where we can be of assistance to others. Whether it is stopping to help someone change a tire on their trailer to carrying a hot meal to a sick neighbor. Some of the most successful people in this world are the most selfless. Successful people let their actions speak for themselves and reveal their real character. Character shows in simple tasks such as picking up the poop on your neighbor’s cattle to giving the calf in-front of you a nudge in the showring. There is a saying that goes like this, “Character is not what you do when everyone is watching, character is what you do when no one is around.”
Know when to keep your mouth shut. We have all been in situations where not speaking has been extremely difficult. People of character will always keep a civil tongue, and know what to say or not to say in a situation. One trait is consistent amongst people with great character. That is knowing when to walk away or not say anything in a situation. Sometimes not saying anything will speak volumes about your character.
Character is something that people see in others, they learn from others and cause people to strive to be the better person. Showing character is not always easy and many have to learn how to show it daily. Having a good moral foundation in life will allow you to show great character. That moral fiber leads you to success in the showring, work, home, and in life. With the foundation laid in life, you can show good character and in ways you could not possibly imagine. Showing character is not for show, showing character is doing what is right without effort.
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved.” -Helen Keller
Cover photo courtesy of Montana Ag Photo