The Six Pillars of Character
Have you ever heard the saying that a “farmer is the nicest person you’ll ever meet?” Or, what about “a farmer is so down to earth?” It is so true; I have heard these among others.
This summer something happened to me where my character and integrity were questioned by a family member. I’m having a hard time getting past this and so I did a little research on character and this brought me to thinking about a being a farmer.
The six pillars of character are: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. They can be described as:
Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country.
Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.
Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others.
Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly.
Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need.
Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer.
When I read this list, it doesn’t take me long to realize that my husband, my dad and my grandpa all have/had character. Dairy farmers – and all farmers – have a lot of responsibility on their shoulders to produce good, quality, wholesome food that is safe for us to enjoy. When farmers care this much for what is on your breakfast or dinner table every day, they have character.