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The Caliber of One’s Character – #RRBC What’s Yours Saying…

The Caliber of One’s Character – #RRBC What’s Yours Saying…

JUST MY THOUGHTS…

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THE CALIBER OF ONE’S CHARACTER

 

The caliber of one’s character is a measure of one’s self.

How sad the man who cares not the thoughts of those who can propel him;

How sad the man who takes lightly the toll his words may have on another;

And, how sad the man whose tongue lies in wait to destroy the innocent.

What worth do you have on this earth if you are such a man?

Some get angry when they can’t have their way;

Some throw tantrums, just as a kid at the age of three, falling out in the market when his Mommy has said NO to ice cream for the tenth time.

Some walk away from discussions which should be had,

…only because the words they hear are not to their liking, yet the words are for their ears alone.

How old are we? Are we adults? Or, are we still children, clinging to our mother’s skirts?

Have we not yet crossed over into that world where we have responsibilities and  voices that are now able to speak, and express our true thoughts and feelings?

Who are we?  Are we still wearing the title of child, or have we finally accepted the inevitable adult within all of us?

Have we grown?  Are we growing?

Because if our actions still shout “childish,” we have not.

If the words that come from our mouth fling assaults each time it is open, we have not.

If our thoughts wish for the ruin of others, only to make us feel better about our own pitiful, simple lives, then surely, we have not.

The caliber of one’s character, although invisible to the eye, screams loudly from the inside out.

And, although we may pretend to the world, try to fool the masses, it shows, whether we want it to or not.

So, I ask, what is yours saying about you?

~ from the mind of Nonnie Jules

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  1. Words are so intensely powerful. When used as they often are, as weapons, they can decimate the listener. Their barbs can scar the soul and remain long after physical damage has healed.
    Yet for ages past they have been used wisely by many to promote peace, growth and goodwill by men and woman who understood that power and sought to use it with wisdom and compassion.

    In this age of the ability to share our words to a connected world our ‘WORD’ power has never been more of a great responsibility. It is an awesome one, and one which we as wordsmiths must never take lightly. Our character is reflected in those words, and once said that reflection continues to be mirrored. We need to learn … we need to grow … we need to allow our words to caste not shadows … but the warmth that comes from the light.Your words are wise, Nonnie and they speak truthfully of our need to reflect that light.

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  2. Thanks Nonnie – we can only grow if we accept we need to change.

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  3. A timely reminder in a world where many live by a “me-mentality” and not in a good way. Social media has made it easy for many to share opinions and sling words without thought of consequences. The Golden Rule still holds true today.

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  4. There are times to be silent and times to speak. The Caliber of one’s character knows when to use each. Thought provoking post, Nonnie.

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  5. Your words reflect the character of people through the ages, but somehow especially fit today’s world in which grown adults are acting like the worst behaved immature children.Sadly the ones who most need to read this probably won’t but all of us can benefit by the reminders.

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  6. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Reblogged this on shirleyharris-slaughter and commented:
    A Word From the Top!

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  7. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Something to think about. Thanks Nonnie for sharing your thoughts today.

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  8. I agree w/Gwen…a powerful post that reminded me of John Maxwell’s quote, “change is inevitable, growth is optional”. A sad but real truth…some just wont choose that option. After struggling so long to speak with my own voice & express my own true thoughts & feelings, I say a prayer 4 all who continue to be challenged; chained in submission by their fears. Thank you for reminding me Nonnie…to keep growing, not just changing!

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  9. Very powerful writing, Nonnie. My dad used to say, “you are only as good as your word.” If words are used to hurt in any way, they may burden the receiver but they diminish the speaker.

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  10. Thanks for those thoughts, Nonnie! We’re still sitting in bed having coffee and biscuits, with my granddaughter sitting on my side of the bed. So reading these thoughts has proved to be part of our delightful morning chit-chats! Enjoy a peaceful morning 🤓

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  11. Beautifully said!

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