Character, week 3

During our lessons this week, we will talk about cultivating a positive attitude and optimistic outlook as part of our Character.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson (Poet and Essayist)

Having a positive attitude and an optimistic outlook are also a part of character.  Especially when things are difficult or don’t go our way, we don’t just give up and quit.  Taking a positive attitude helps us to deal with difficulties constructively — to find ways to work through them.  There are “thinking habits” we can develop to help us do this:

  • Always look for the good.  We make a careful effort to find the positive aspects of any situation.
  • Don’t exaggerate.  When we’re upset over something, it is easy to blow things out of proportion.  Things can seem like a big deal when they’re really not.  We should give ourselves a chance to calm down and consider things carefully.
  • Be Honest.  When we find ourselves in a tough situation, we shouldn’t be afraid to admit it.  We should be willing to ask for help when we need it.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  What is exaggeration?
  2.   Why do you think a positive attitude is important in karate?
  3.   Is it hard to think clearly about things when you are frustrated or upset?

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