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Moral Focus

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Claire Bokma

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Moral Focus
Wisdom
Why is Wisdom important?
How have I used wisdom?
How will I use wisdom in the future?
Respect
September
October
Gratitude
November
by: Claire Bokma
December
January
February
March
April
May
Definition: Respect is when you treat someone with value, consideration, and honor.

"Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners."
-Laurence Sterne

"One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say."
-Bryant H. McGill

What aspect of Respect is most important?
Show kindness and courtesy, considering the next person's position and feelings before acting

sets the foundations for all relationships.

help you to be considerate and have empathy for others
How have I used Respect in the past?
In the past I have used respect to

build the foundation to relationships I have made.

interact with adults
How will I use Respect in the future?
I hope to use respect in the future the future by

honoring those in authority

being considerate of the feelings of people around me.
Wisdom is important because it goes above and beyond the knowledge. Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge to your everyday life.
Definition: Gratitude is the act of being thankful

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
― - Marcel Proust

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
- Epicurus


Example 1
I am thankful for my parents. I appreciate how my parents support me and encourage me to do my best. I am really thankful that my parents are there for me when I do not have the strength to go on. My parents gives me the motivation to never give up. I and thankful that they care about me and are out for my best interest.
Definition: The quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.

"Wisdom is not just knowing fundamental truths, if these are unconnected with the guidance of life or with a perspective on its meaning. If the deep truths physicists describe about the origin and functioning of the universe have little practical import and do not change our picture of the meaning of the universe and our place within it, then knowing them would not count as wisdom."
- Robert Nozick
Well, I use Wisdom everyday to evaluate what is important to me. For example, I know that at the moment is important to focus on my studies in order to succeed in the future. Rather than waist my time on point activities such as watching television, I choose to make sure I complete my homework to the best of my abilities.
I will use Wisdom in the future because Wisdom will help me make healthy choices in pursuing my goals.
Example 2
I am thankful for my school. I appreciate how my school gives me the opportunity to pursue a better future as well as learn things I could have never learned on my own. I am also thankful for the teachers who encourage me everyday to do my best. Another reason why I am thankful for my school is because of the friends that I have made that experience everyday of school life with me.
Example 3
I am thankful for my brother because he has always been there for me no matter what. I know that if there is anyone I can trust it is him. I also deeply appreciate all the fun times we have have had together. Life with you brother as one of your closest friend is one of the greatest adventures.
Self-Control
Definition: the ability to control oneself, in particular one's emotions and desires or the expression of them in one's behavior, especially in difficult situations.

“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
― - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”
― - Eleanor Roosevelt
Perseverance
Courage
Encouragement
Compassion
Integrity
Definition: to continue to perform a task no matter the level of difficulty.

"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did."
- Newt Gingrich

I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.
- John D. Rockefeller

Definition: be afraid of someone or something most likely something dangerous, painful, or threatening.

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
- Nelson Mandela

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear."
- Mark Twain
Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks was an African American woman who refused to move to the African American section on a bus for the sake of civil rights. Rosa Parks was courageous because despite fear and suffering she held strong to what she believed was right.
I believe that Rosa Parks is a
courageous person because even though society was against her it did not stop her from pursuing what was right. Rosa Parks did not let fear or anything else overcome her and that is true courage.
Courage is applicable in the
way that one should stand up for what he or she thinks is right and not let fear overcome one's actions. One should never let fear stop him or her from doing something for the betterment of the world.
Rosa Parks
Definition: the act of giving someone support, confidence or hope.

"Correction does much, but encouragement does more."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"If we're going to bring out the best in people, we, too, need to sow seeds of encouragement."
- Joel Osteen




Letter to an incoming Freshman:
First of all welcome to Grand River! I only
hope that you will enjoy your time here at Grand River. I encourage you to grow and expand your knowledge. I encourage you to challenge yourself, and do the best that you can do even in your freshman year. Also know that you are fully capable to achieve your goals. A key in finding success at Grand River is to never give up.
At this school there will be times when you are pushed to your limits but just know that no matter what you are not alone. There is always someone there that can help you. You can do it.

Sincerely A Senior



Definition: a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
- Dalai Lama

"Our human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future."
- Nelson Mandela


Defintion: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

"Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not."
- Oprah Winfrey

"One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised."
- Chinua Achebe



Artifact
An experience where I witness extreme compassion was on a family vacation to the Netherlands. I met extended family who I had never met before nonetheless who did no speak the same language as I did. On one event my grandparents rented bikes for everyone in our huge family. I remember no being able to find a bike the right size. My uncle Sjoerd
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