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Sticks And Stones

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”

Really?

Have you ever considered just how much words can and do affect a person? Have you ever noticed how something so simple as a comment from someone else can brighten our day, or it can leave us feeling down?

The words that we say are so important, and they have so much power. They can either uplift and encourage, or they can insult and disrespect others.ย  We can motivate someone to change their life for the better, or we can discourage them from ever trying to improve themselves. We can influence a person to do right or to do wrong. The words we say can affect someone for life.

Needless to say, how we communicate with others is not something that should be taken lightly. When we put little thought into what we say and how we say it, the results are often undesirable. If you have ever said something and later regretted it, you know easy it is to let things just fly out of our mouth without considering the effects it will have on others, or even ourselves.

Consider verbal and emotional abuse – which are no joke. It has been said that these types of abuse are just as damaging as physical abuse. That’s a sobering thought. Many of us would never dare strike out at someone with our fist, but we have to consider, are we doing so with our words? Do we motivate and encourage others with our words, or do we put others down?

That’s where self-control comes in. We have the ability to stop the negative words before they even come out of our mouths. It requires stopping and thinking, considering the words we would like to say, are they beneficial? Is this a wise thing to say? Will it cause others to feel disrespected? Am I bringing about a peaceful solution or am I making the problem worse? And then once you’ve thought it out, proceed with a respectful response.

This is a simple way we can implement what is known as the STOP acronym. It stands for STOP, THINK, consider your OPTIONS, then PROCEED with the right choice, which is a choice that won’t cause harm to yourself, others, anyone’s property,ย  or the environment.

If this one basic principle were applied in all interactions between people, it would essentially eliminate all conflicts.

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The Importance of Character Education

Today I would like to introduce you to my weekly feature on the Peaceful Solution Character Education Program. It may seem like a small thing, but positive character is the single most important thing a person can learn. So what exactly is character? Character is our very foundation; it’s the basis on which our every decision is formed.

Character vs. Personality

It’s important that we recognize the difference between personality and character, because they can be easily confused. Character is made up of our belief system, morals, ethics; it dictates how we treat others, ourselves, and our environment. Whereas personality is the way we present ourselves to others, what we like and dislike, and our social skills.

So why is character education so important?

We as a society value teaching our kids things such as reading, writing, and arithmetic; history; science; but do we put just as much value on teaching them respect for others? Do we teach our kids how to stand up for what is right when faced with negative peer pressure? Do we teach them how to actually prevent themselves from becoming a statistic?

Why is the rate of school shootings, teenage pregnancy, STD’s, domestic violence, and all forms of disrespect skyrocketing? Why is each generation facing more challenges than the generation that came before? Why do we live in a world where the terrifying possibility of a nuclear war is a reality that we must live with everyday? Is there any hope for our kids and the generations to come?

The truth is, there is hope.

And it lies in education. Education is the only answer. We have to start by educating ourselves and our kids in the ways of peace. It starts with teaching positive character to our children, our next generation of leaders, as well as the rest of us. It’s never too late to improve; to change one’s life for the better. Yes, we can actually improve our quality of life by learning peace ourselves.

How does it work?

I can tell you from experience because this program has changed my life. I have actually been taught how to make choices that will cause me no regret in the future. How to stop, think, and consider my options, and then proceed with the right choiceย  – one that wont cause harm to myself, others, or the environment. I have seen the effects of this program in my own life and the positive changes that followed have brought me so much hope, because I can see that this is truly the only solution to stop all wars; not only wars between nations but even down to the wars in our own minds.

I have also seen the effects this program has had on the lives of others. I have seen what this program has done to change the life of someone who was a hardened criminal, considered incorrigible, everyone had lost all hope in him; and this program has changed his life to where now he is a teacher of peace, living a very fulfilling life as a free, law-abiding citizen and teaching others how to do the same.

This program produces real results, in young and old alike. It produces the kind of results in people that society desires to see. The Peaceful Solution Character Education Program truly has the answer to solve your problem and to get peace in your life.

So please, join me each week as we explore this journey to peace!