(vs. Willfulness)

Quickly and cheerfully carrying out the wise direction of those who are responsible for me.

To practice Obedience I will:

The military looks for men and women who have the capacity to carry out orders and give orders but they also look for those who will not obey commands that are in violation of a higher law - the Constitution. If any organization is to survive, it must have all individuals thinking for themselves, but also guided by a strong ethical and positive value system. Members of an organization need to be willing to be guided by that value system. Obedience is about action and attitude. Carrying out directions cheerfully and with a positive attitude is energy -giving to the doer as well as those around them. It is not enough to follow the letter of the law. If one is truly dedicated to the organization, they will look beyond the stark rule and choose to live by the spirit of the law as well.

This month, look beyond the rules of an organization to which you belong, and look for ways to live by the spirit of the law.

"The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children." - Edward, Duke of Windsor

"The ship that will not obey the helm will have to obey the rocks." - English Proverb


In My School

Educator Bulletin on Obedience

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

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