The word of the month for December is ACCEPTANCE
ACCEPTANCE means: "Respect for the differences between oneself, others, and the ways people do things."
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” ― Lao Tzu
Acceptance means respecting what makes us unique even though we are different from others around us. Acceptance means respecting other people even thought they might look or act different than we do. When we accept ourselves and others, we appreciate and respect differences.
The word of the month for November is GENEROSITY
GENEROSITY means: "Giving freely of one's time, talents, and treasures without expecting anything in return."
"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ― John Holmes
Generosity does not just refer to the act of giving. That would be too easy. Generosity is when we give of things that are particularly meaningful and valuable to us. It marks when we give beyond what is required of us, without anticipating anything in return --especially when the act of giving is unexpected.
The word of the month for October is SELF ESTEEM
SELF ESTEEM means: "I like myself!"
"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” ― Judy Garland
Self-esteem isn't about bragging, it’s about getting to know what you are good at and not so good at. It's not about thinking you're perfect, because nobody is perfect. Even if you think some other kids are good at everything, you can be sure they have things they're good at and things that are difficult for them.The most important thing to know about self-esteem is that it means seeing yourself in a positive way that's realistic.
The word of the month for September is DISCIPLINE
DISCIPLINE means: "Making yourself do what's right, fair and necessary even when you don't feel like it."
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” ― Jim Rohn
The first part of discipline is having respect for others. The second part is having respect for ourselves. Both parts of discipline are important.
The word of the month for August is COOPERATION
COOPERATION means: "Working together towards a common goal."
“We all do better when we work together. Our differences matter, but our common humanity matters more. ” ― Bill Clinton
Cooperation is made up of a compilation of social skills such as taking turns, sharing, listening, compromising, rallying together as well as valuing and appreciating others. Cooperation takes patience, empathy and accountability.
The word of the month for July is PERSEVERANCE
PERSEVERANCE means: "When things get tough I don't give up!"
“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did” ― Newt Gingrich
When you keep at something even when it's touch - it's called perseverance. We all have goals. Some goals take a lot of time to achieve. We may feel like we'll never be able to achieve our goal but we just have to keep going. We have to keep at it until we achieve it! When things get tough we don't give up. That means we have perseverance!
The word of the month for June is INTEGRITY
INTEGRITY means: "I mean what I say and I say what I mean!"
“In the end you should always do the right thing even if it's hard.” ― Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song
Many people mistakenly equate integrity with simple being honest. But integrity is so much more than that. Integrity is about being true to oneself, one's values and principles, one's word, and one's standards and beliefs. It's raw honesty in the deepest regard to oneself and others.
The word of the month for May is TRUSTWORTHINESS
"Trustworthiness" means Worthy of Trust by being Reliable, Accountable & Dependable
"Intentions are not destinations. What people promise to do and what they end up doing may be two different things. The best predictors of character are not the words of the moment, but the actions of the past"
Reliability, Accountability, Dependability (RAD). Trustworthiness is one of the greatest challenges faced in our everyday lives. It relies upon our abilities to make choices that will leave a confident impression of ourselves. We know from a very early age by experience that not everyone is capable of securing our trust. Almost every "role model" in today's society have had issues with cheating, lying, breaking laws & promises. Even the media is not a reliable source of information. Perhaps the bigger issue is how WE can achieve trustworthiness from others? We can start by recognizing the ways we can demonstrate our own reliability by taking ownership and being accountable for our actions with a positive, realistic outlook by our words and actions and striving to always be counted to try to do the right thing.
The word of the month for April is LEGACY
"Legacy" means a Gift, Lesson or Reputation handed down from one person or group to another
"The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example" -Benjamin Disraeli
Leaving a legacy is what people remember about us - our character, skills, achievements and lessons. What type of legacy do you choose to leave? Hopefully, by our actions, we will leave a very positive impression. It is important to be aware of the type of impact we are placing in the memories of those we come into contact with every day. Each one of us can remember at least one person besides our parents & caregivers that have changed our thinking, shown a different perspective, made us feel good about who we are or brought out the best in us perhaps even altered the course of our lives in a profound way. Choose to treat others in the same format of those that have positively influenced your life and you will secure a legacy to be proud of for yourself and those that inherit your life's gifts.
The word of the month for March is COURAGE
"Courage" means the willingness to face fears & challenges with determination
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear" -Ambrose Redmoon
Courage is a vital aspect of moving towards our goals and a necessary element in having new experiences. Courage is a bravery that allows each of us to look beyond what causes us to pause and become fearful before taking the next steps towards what we wish to achieve. It is important to understand that everyone feels afraid or anxious of the unknown or an uncertain situation. Courage comes from the willingness to be open to new possibilities & opportunities beyond the unknown and allows us to welcome challenges as they come along.
The word of the month for February is LOYALTY
"Loyalty" means Faithful & Committed to a Person, Place, Group or Cause
"Unless you can find some sort of loyalty, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living"
Loyalty is very important to maintaining a standard of committment to people or life's circumstances. It is a behavior that requires a person to be true, faithful & supportive within all types of relationships. Children learn loyalty from their family and early friendships and extends to developing good personal relationships with peers and coworkers later in life. Loyalty should not compromise a persons ability to determine 'right' or 'wrong' situations nor should it be used to compromise our character or belief system. Used in the right way, loyalty develops trust and respect.
The word of the month for January is HEALTH
"Heath" means Well being in Body, Mind & Spirit
"The one who thinks about his health only after it is compromised is likely the one who will have to think about his health a great deal"
-Dr Robyn Silverman
It is the beginning of a new year which usually means that we are more apt to review the past year and prepare for the current year to come. With this, we usually analyze how we feel about ourselves and how we can change all aspects of ourselves for the better. Our state of wellbeing, or health, is something we often take for granted unless we find there is something wrong with it. Our physical, mental & spiritual health is something that we all need to become proactive advocates. There are a number of small, simple, positive changes we all can make to live our lives in the most optimal way possible. When we feel good about ourselves, we will automatically be more capable of facing obstacles & coping with challenges. Finding ways to manage stress, becoming more active, choosing the right 'body fuel' & getting adequate rest are all fantastic ways to begin a brand new year. Practicing good habits every day will set you on the right path for a successful year!