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Adding Moral Fiber to Your Character Diet

A presentation about developing positive values.

Patricia Harrington

on 20 October 2012

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Transcript of Adding Moral Fiber to Your Character Diet

Adding Moral Fiber
to Your Character Diet 2 CATEGORIES PRO-SOCIAL VALUES What's Moral Fiber? Exploring the Assets of Positive Values 6 common in almost ALL cultures. Focus on QUALITIES that are within you. Motivation, self esteem, decision making skills, how you interact with others, your value system. Internal Assets (Our Topic) Morals - Principles of right and wrong in behaviors.

Fiber - Internal strength and character. I have a hard time with morals. All I know is what feels right. What's more important to me is being honest about who you are. Morals I get a little hung up on. - Brad Pitt Why are values important? Integrity - Maintaining a standard of value or conduct.

Honesty - Being truthful.

Responsibility - Being accountable for your actions. Create a foundation of character that leads to making good decisions. Promote compassion toward others. CHARACTER VALUES Guide you in making decisions. Prepare you for your role and place in our community, society; the world even! Earn you respect. Give you confidence. Values Standards and social principles that are accepted by an individual person, a family, a group or a society. YOU ARE HERE (SOMEWHERE) 1 Tons MORAL FIBER VALUES Honesty Integrity Responsibility Restraint Caring Equality/Social Justice Loyalty 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% MORAL FIBER CEREAL Toasty Oats of Character Goodness Victims of a diet low in moral fiber... Bernie Madoff Marion Jones Michael Vick Lindsay Lohan Charlie Sheen Developing Moral Fiber and Values Adults:
Be a good role model.
Admit when you're wrong or had a value slip.
Look for teaching moments.
Initiate discussions about values by asking them questions (current events, "what would you do?")
Acknowledge when young people uphold their values.
Serve others together. The inner strength to do what you believe is right. Most obvious in difficult situations. Packed with Values! The assets refer to the relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities we all need to avoid risks and lead productive lives. To Review: The Developmental Assets External Assets Focus on EXPERIENCES you have within your environment and with people in your environment. Home, school, community, place of worship; family, friends, coworkers, teachers, others you interact with. On Our Plate... Positive Values (External Assets) What they are.
Why they're important.
How to develop more of them. MMMM! More Thoughts on Values The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It's about people.
-Cesar Chavez Treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them and even if you don't agree with them.
-Michelle Obama Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.
-Ellen DeGeneres If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.
- Malcolm X The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values. -William S. Burroughs Educated What you do with the knowledge you gain. Contributing the money you've earned where it's needed. Using your exposure to bring attention to important issues. Rich Famous Using your influence for the greater good. Power THE BIG PICTURE Developing Moral Fiber and Values Young People:
Set positive goals for yourself and your future.
Think and act for yourself.
Put yourself in the other person's shoes.
Consider the consequences of the choices you make.
Choose your friends wisely.
Choose a positive role model or mentor.
Trust your gut.
Do the right thing. WE'RE DONE! Patricia Harrington
Mayor's Anti-Gang Office
(832) 393-0897 Caring, equality/social justice. If the cereal is the "moral fiber"... The values are the "ingredients".
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