THE FOUR BUILDING BLOCKS OF CHARACTER
can be boiled down to these:
BUILDING BLOCK #1- We learn to ASK or ADMIT
When we learn to say, "PLEASE!" we ASK. In ASKING, we ADMIT our need for others! From the moment we were born we began asking - crying - for our needs to be met. The very fact of our existence is proof that someone answered that cry - cared about us enough to nurture, feed and protect us - or we wouldn't be here. As we get older, sometimes we hate to admit we need other people, unconsciously feeling like a helpless infant again. But relationships are the stuff of life! We all need each other, so it's OK to ASK. Hopefully we learn to ask POLITELY! Teach kids to say PLEASE!
BUILDING BLOCK #2 – We learn to THANK!
When we realize we need others, we begin to be THANKFUL for what has been given us. We wouldn’t have anything, not even life itself, if it had not been first been GIVEN to us! We need to teach kids to say "THANK YOU!"
BUILDING BLOCK #3 – We learn to APOLOGIZE
Being human we all make mistakes. To APOLOGIZE requires humbling ourselves and ADMITTING we are not perfect. We can never grow further in our character until we can learn to say, “I’m Sorry.”
BUILDING BLOCK #4 – We learn toFORGIVE
After we admit we are not perfect, we can then say, "I FORGIVE YOU", knowing that we also need forgiveness. How else can we get along in this world?
Ruth Elliott, Director
The habits we learn as children will stay with us a lifetime. Giving kids THE FOUR BUILDING BLOCKS OF CHARACTER will lay the foundation of a good life. How many gang wars, world wars, marriage conflicts and sibling rivalries would be avoided if people just learned these four things:
ADMIT we need each other,
APOLOGIZEfor our mistakes, and
FORGIVE one other!
"Habits are actions built up strong and tall. LIke bricks laid together to form a high wall. When once they are built it is so hard to break them, you'd better be careful about how you MAKE them!" - Anonomous*