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Destined For Greatness

Valor /val-er/noun heroic courage when facing tough decisions  “He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson “He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson For the Parent::Battle Cry We are all meant for great things. Each of us has gifts, talents and abilities that we can leverage for both our own success, and for the betterment of society. You could say that we are “Destined for Greatness”. Why then, do we struggle with feelings of inadequacy, failure and fear? Why do we fail to live up to our full potential? The razor-thin margin between success and failure can...

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The Peaceful Warrior

Temperancetem-per-uh ns/noun the act of self-control with your actions and your words  “Revenge proves its own executioner” - John Ford “Revenge proves its own executioner” - John Ford For the Parent::Battle Cry Last week we talked about how the Warrior Poet lives out the power of Temperance and holds himself to a higher moral standard. As an extension of that, this week we’re talking about revenge. Since payback is our natural tendency as humans, there’s something incredibly powerful about an individual who exercises a high level of self-control by saying “no” to vengeance. There’s something powerful about an individual who exercises a high level of self-control by saying “no” to vengeance. You don’t want your sons to be doormats who...

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Putting Others First

Loyaltyloy·al·tyˈloiəltē/nounthe quality of being loyal to someone or something a strong feeling of support or allegiance “The universe is so vast and so ageless that the life of one man can only be justified by the measure of his sacrifice” – V.A. Rosewarne For the Parent::Battle Cry If you’re anything like me, the stories that stir your soul are the ones where the protagonist acts with seemingly reckless self-sacrifice. Without hesitation, these heroes show their willingness to put others, the mission, or their principles ahead of themselves. That’s the way of the Warrior Poet. There’s something about self-sacrifice that is both extraordinary and unnatural. There’s something about self-sacrifice that is both extraordinary and unnatural. In a world where self-interest and...

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Peer Pressure

Temperancetem-per-uh ns/noun the act of self-control with your actions and your words  “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson For the Parent::Battle Cry Childhood is full of experiences that eventually shape us into who we are. Unfortunately, some of these experiences involve being exposed to the manipulations of others. We all had at least one friend (or perhaps you were that friend) who would “double dare” us to break the rules, all the while assuring us that “nobody would know”. For better or worse, we learned that it can be gratifying to meet the expectations of others and gain their approval. The problem comes, as...

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Civil Disobedience

Temperancetem-per-uh ns/noun the act of self-control with your actions and your words  “I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.” – Martin Luther King Jr. For the Parent::Battle Cry Today’s Focus Point is going to be a little different. With Temperance being our core value this month, we couldn’t think of a more fitting subject to discuss than the topic of civil disobedience. Now everyone knows (or at least they should) about Martin Luther King’s then-revolutionary idea that all people are equal and should be considered equal under the law regardless of race or ethnicity. But we want to dig deeper. At the very core of Martin Luther King’s legacy,...

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