Integrity, week 2

An important part of Integrity is that we keep our promises to ourselves and to others.  We are honest and authentic in what we do — for example, if we promise to be a leader, we behave like a real leader.  To understand this better, we’ll talk about how George Marshall crossed the Crocodile River….

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Integrity, week 1

(The pictures above are George Marshall as a cadet at VMI;  Marie, Stuart — his older sister and brother –and George;  the Virginia Military Institute — VMI) We’ll be talking about the character strength of Integrity today, which is one of the Tenets of Taekwondo.  The word comes originally from the Latin Integritas, which means…

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Prudence, week 3

(Pictures above are of John Jay, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Laurens, and William Temple Franklin signing the Treaty of Paris;  a map of the US Boundaries as established by the Treaty of Paris.  The story is that the blank area on the right of the signing portrait was where the British commissioners were supposed…

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Prudence, week 2

(The pictures above are of the Continental Frigate Confederacy;  John & Sarah Jay;  Conrad Alexandre Gerard de Rayneval) This week, we will talk together about how John Jay used Prudence in dealing with being shipwrecked and the sulking of Conrad Alexandre Gerard de Rayneval, the French Ambassador to the Continental Congress. The Continental Congress chose…

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Prudence, week 1

(The pictures above are of John Jay;  Enoch Crosby the Spy;  and a historical marker of one of Crosby’s escapes) During our lessons this week, we will be talk about John Jay and the Spy, and how Jay used Prudence to capture and disarm loyalist militias during the War of Independence.  Our in-class discussion lesson…

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Self-Control, week 4

During our lessons this week, we will talk about the story of Ike, and the Tank — and using Self-Control when we have something to be legitimately upset about.  Our lesson for this week follows below: After he graduated from West Point, one of Ike’s first assignments was as an officer in the new Tank…

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Self-Control, week 5

Photos clockwise from top left: Ike as Supreme Commander in Europe; Ike as 34th President;  Ike’s final home in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania:  Ike’s childhood home in Abilene, Kansas. During our lessons this week, we will sum up some of the ways Ike learned to use Self-Control that we have talked about during the past few weeks. …

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Self-Control, week 3

During our lessons this week, we will talk about how we can use a form of Self-Control called self-regulation to monitor our own conduct, and correct ourselves when we fall short of our own standards.  We’ll use the story of the time Ike “crawled a plebe” to illustrate this.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this…

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Self-Control, week 2

During our lessons this week, we will talk about how we can use Self-Control to respond positively to disappointment, using the story of Ike, his hurt knee, and becoming a Goucho.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below: When he was a few years older, Ike went to college at West Point.  He…

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Self-Control, week 1

Our in-class discussion topic for the month of January 2018 will be Self-Control.  During our lessons this week, we will talk about impulse control, using the story of Dwight Eisenhower, Halloween, and the apple tree.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below: Halloween was a much more rambunctious, rough and tumble night back…

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