(vs. Simplemindedness)

Recognizing and avoiding words, actions, and attitudes that could bring undesirable consequences

To practice Discretion I will:

At first glance, discretion may seem like a difficult topic to teach but if you spend some time with the "I Wills" you will wish you had more than a month to teach it. The following topics are natural extensions of discretion: Forethought - think before you act; gossip; critical thinking, decision-making, manners, courtesy and etiquette; importance of attitude; criticism - how to give and receive; looking at the bigger picture; reap what you sow... We each have attained wisdom from our parents, teachers, mentors, elders, peers as well as from our experience. In any given situation, we usually know how to act or how to respond appropriately. It is when we get ahead of ourselves and respond or act before checking in with our gathered wisdom, that we get ourselves into undesirable consequences. One only has to read the newspaper to see many examples of indiscretions by the rich and famous or those in positions of power or leadership. How many times has a single careless comment in public ended a career?

This month, let's practice the art of slowing our response so that there is time to consider the consequences of our words, actions and attitudes.

"Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you." - Spanish Proverb

"Hindsight explains the injury that foresight would have prevented." - Unknown


In My School

Educator Bulletin on Discretion

Robin's Reading List

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

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