(vs. Slothfulness)

Focusing my energy on the work at hand

To practice Diligence I will:

Someone once said that we can either become ‘bitter’ or ‘better’ from our hard times. Now, what is the only difference between those words? It’s the letter ‘i’, as in ‘I have a choice as to whether my hard times make me better, or make me bitter’ which really is cool when you think about it. Diligence allows us to choose how we spend our energy. We can become bitter and spend our energy taking others down-or we can become better, and spend our energy making the world a better place. Many people also see diligence as meaning hard work. When you work hard on something, and put energy, and care, and attention to detail, it becomes more than just hard work-it’s heart work, putting your time and effort into seeing a project completed.

This month, let a focus on diligence make you better.

"When I was young I observed that nine out of every ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work." - George Bernard Shaw

"Time is what we want most, but what we use worst." - William Penn  


In My School

Educator Bulletin on Diligence

Activity Pages for Diligence

Robin's Reading List

The Character Council also offers faith-based resources for use in religious schools, church groups and families.

Diligence page