“Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day.
Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.”
Good character is a concept of human imagination that results in individuals striving to become smarter, stronger, faster, and kinder. In other words, the idea of good character encourages people to become the strongest versions of themselves. The only issue with this idea is that people assume that good character is a thing that you can gain or achieve and it’s as simple as that. This isn’t the case.
Instead, good character is something that you only realize is there when you look back into the past and compare that to what you are now. Good character is an immeasurable change. A good way of understanding this concept is to imagine filling a cup with water, but not being able to see through it. You know the water is going in the cup, but you usually can’t tell exactly how full the cup is until it’s overflowing.
Good character is the same as an overflowing cup because you can’t see it until it’s everywhere. When you truly have good character, you give until you see it everywhere in your life. Your relationships will become stronger. You’ll be proud of yourself for the things you do. Your life will start to have some kind of structure or rhythm, and it’ll be easier to push through difficult times because you’ll understand that good things will come through sooner or later.
The second part of Heraclitus’ quote reminds us that good character can only be developed by individuals who are willing to give patient effort. Without a true desire to achieve, nothing can be accomplished. At the end of the day, the decision to have a good or bad character falls on you.
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