Just by arriving at planet earth,
we are born in grace,
but we are not born in virtue.
Virtue has to be acquired over time
through hard work and perseverance.
Virtues are not obsequious,
to the contrary,
they have to be
learned and applied,
sought and sweated,
identified and pursued,
nurtured and harvested,
cultivated with discipline
and developed with sacrifice.
We acquire knowledge
seeking to learn insight, wisdom and good judgment.
We build brave hearts and fortitude
to build courage, tenacity and valor.
We practice compassion and benevolence
in order to learn how to empathize and be mindful,
which perennially results in loving mankind.
We exercise unwavering truthfulness and unflinching integrity
to cement our honesty, honor, probity and good name.
We exercise serenity and silence
in order to be paused, considerate and thoughtful.
We live in order and neatness
to become structured, methodical and organized.
We pursue righteousness and rightfulness
in order to achieve fairness, correctness and impartiality.
We exhibit unflickering hope, boundless generosity,
endless gratitude and genuine humility
aiming to exceed and surpass all we’ve received
forming our legacy out of it.
As our virtues grow,
they mature into a condition of noble excellence.
As they evolve,
our virtues become the genesis and enablers
of our beliefs and value system
Virtues are imperative tools of life,
without chasing and procuring them,
we are not fully functional, coherent or guided beings,
causing us to march through life with blinders on,
unable to extract the fruits of joy from a life in full.
Our virtues are the foundations of our values,
which in turn are the pillars of our character,
hence, without a solid set of virtues,
our values will be incomplete or flawed,
causing seismic faults in our character.
Like masterpieces on a museum,
our virtues display
our best attitudes, qualities, behavior,
measured under the most demanding of levels.
Being virtuous is to be equipped
with a precious set of attributes
that inexorably lead us to excellence
in conducting ourselves in life,
guided by extraordinary standards
under the mantel of inspiration and joy
of a virtuous existence,
a “Life in Full.”