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What is Honor?

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Experiencing your life as your living dream come true insists that find harmony within yourself and within the world. Honor, is the first of the keys to this harmony. This week, we will be focusing on The Two Essential aspects of Honor – Honor Yourself and Honoring others.

What is honor? What does it mean to be Honorable? What does it mean to Honor others? Since today is day 1, let’s start out with the basics, a simple definition of this important character trait, from Wikipedia:

“the evaluation of a person’s trustworthiness and social status based on that individual’s espousals and actions. Honor is deemed exactly what determines a person’s character: whether or not the person reflects honesty, respect, integrity, or fairness. Accordingly, individuals are assigned worth and stature based on the harmony of their actions, code of honor, and that of the society at large.”

Whew! That’s a mouthful… Tough to even skim read. We might spend the whole week just breaking that definition down! We’re going need a simpler version if we’re going to be working with it. Perhaps, before we get too deep, let’s just spend this first day answering the Vital Question, “What will honor do for you?”

“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke those oft quoted words over 100 years ago, apexxing with ‘Sow a character and you reap your destiny.’ Wow, Emerson is pretty well respected, and if he’s right, that makes the whole process of creating your destiny pretty straightforward. Seems like all you need to do is build up and impeccable character and your destiny will be, well, impeccable…

“Honor is deemed exactly what determines a person’s character…”

Hmmmm… Now it makes clearer sense, Character determines our entire life’s outcome, everything we are currently experiencing, and ever will experience is guided by the very nature of our character. And, Honor is exactly what determines a person’s character (by definition)… That means (if my algebra still serves me): Your ability to Honor yourself and others determines your entire destiny…

That’s huge. Big enough for today. To think, Honoring yourself and others is the single thing which determines every other aspect of your life… Today’s practice is easy: As you go through the day, just reflect on what Honor means to you. Ask yourself if, by your own definitions of honor: 1. Are you Honoring those around you? and 2. Are you honoring yourself?

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