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Asked by kitszu (1311 points ) January 14th, 2013

So I was doing some cleaning tonight and stumbled across “The 12 Virtues” (as I call them, there are only nine though). I had all but forgotten them. Just a collection of sayings I found on a pagan website (no author was credited).

You are Strong…When you take your grief and teach it to smile.

You are Brave…When you refuse to allow your fear to control you.

You are Content…When you see a flower and it makes you smile.

You are Loving…When your own pain does not blind you to the pain of others.

You are Wise…When you know the limits of your wisdom.

You are Alive…When tomorrows hope means more to you than today’s despair.

You are Free…When you are in control of yourself and do not wish to control others.

You are Honorable…When you find your honor is to honor others.

You are Merciful…When you forgive in others the faults you condemn in yourself.

I found this something like 10 years ago and I’ve used it as a kind of moral compass I suppose. I guess I fell in-love with it because it’s stating wisdoms in a simple but also practical way. I don’t think I’m saying exactly what I mean here but it’s close enough.

I never have cash, I always use my card but when I went to pay the clerk at the gas station, I had exactly nine dollars. So I sat down and wrote one of these on each dollar.

Sorry, I realize this is a pretty random post but I was so happy to have found it and wanted to share.

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