Virtues in Action
When I get the virtue of gentleness, compassion or kindness, I am reminded to take care of myself, as well as others. Then it gets down to the practical and the nitty gritty. How can I be gentle with myself when there are so many demands on my time and energy. Gentleness is a virtue too.
Linda Kavelin Popov has often said that Moderation is the pearl in the chain of virtues. If we don't use Moderation we can overdo in a virtue. We can have so much perseverance that we burn out, lose our health or become resentful. If we have too much gentleness with ourselves maybe we aren't of service to those who need us. Moderation isn't easy, but it seems necessary.
Being aware of our virtues on a daily basis allows us to grow and to find the balance in our lives to live a purposeful and meaningful life. We are constantly questioning, "What virtue will be helpful for me now? How can I use Moderation to meet my own needs and the needs of others?" " What does Detachment look like in this situation?" " How will I persevere and what support do I need." "What are my balancing virtues?"
I'm grateful for all of the virtues. They help me to live a meaningful life.