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You Have Character!

Updated on August 13, 2014

The sun is always rising somewhere!

Dark and alone in a canyon made of stone. In the distance a light is shown.
Dark and alone in a canyon made of stone. In the distance a light is shown. | Source


(On Saturday last I was feeling down in the dumps. And it occurred to me that others might be also. And I thought to myself “what in hell do you have to be down on yourself about?” Then it struck me hard that I had it easy because I could ask myself that question and actually see the good. Like I say I was down in the dumps for no particular reason just an imbalance of sorts that comes over many of us empathetic types for no good particular reason. So I commenced to sit down and write a piece for myself to remind me. And then it hit me that others might need a reminder also, so I started to write an article. It went well but as I was down in the blues, way down I did not publish it. Then on Monday a famous good man died of the disease that I call “down in the black hole”. And it hit me to revisit this article and publish it because --- well because I have no right not to. High or low I hope it helps you go.)

Pick up that tempo, bring on the horns and let us move to the beat!

Know you by your character and not mine.

In you is good character and that character is all you and yours. Good character is that which makes us act in good ways. You have that. Because you do good things. You may not always see your good character but there are those of us who do and always will. Be true to yourself.

You have been touched in love by something and that something loves you when you cannot love yourself. Breathe deep on that for a second or two and know that I love you. There really are those of us who run around loving folk they do not know. Reckon the reason is that we figure there is good in just about everybody.

You have it but you may not know it. By looking at it here you may find what you already have. I am proud of you because you have character, as it is your own. Yet I share it with you because you are giving and that is part of your character.

No one has walked in your shoes. Yet you are at least metaphorically standing. This is character. You do not give up regardless of hardships. Clearly you have had hardships and clearly you are reading this so pat yourself on the back for sticking to it.

Walk and do not run, we will be waiting however long it takes.

Here are some of your character traits, just some.

You are smarter than average. “How does he know this” you ask. Well the answer is simple. You are reading this. That means you are literate, looking to learn new things and capable of finding those new things in this tough and tumble mumble of useless information on the internet.

You are discerning, you would not be reading this far into this article if you had not decided that it may be of interest. And while it may do nothing else it is interesting ;-)

You probably write quite a bit as this is a writers site, Hubpages that is, and if you follow me you probably are looking for inspiration for your own thoughts and not blindly looking at the dribble I write.

You are happy or looking to be happy. An article on character is not for those looking to be glum.

You are looking to improve your life and as such are reading an article in a category about personal success.

You are kind, at least kind to me for reading and spending so much time on my article which lifts me up at your own sacrifice of your valuable time.

You have the ability to lift others up, just by being you.

You feel bad for people in bad situations and you desire that you could make their life better.

You get down and you get up and in so doing you have different perspectives and that is good.

Ain't no valley low enough.

One foot at a time builds character.
One foot at a time builds character. | Source

You got it, just reach out and there ain't no......... to keep me from you!

Your character

Can you see how special you are?

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Look outside

Sometimes our good character is hard to see from the inside.

That is known as an inside job. We let our mind get into the big forgetter mode and we just cannot call to mind all of our good qualities. But others can. I am no hero to remind you of your good character I am just an observer. And sometimes folk on the outside can see our inside and out better than we can. And some of us are so lucky as to see that good in almost everyone. So it is a good and right thing for us to remind you “forgetters” about your good character. Maybe I am off on one or two of the above. But I am darn sure I am not off on many of them.

Count your blessings you could be like this!


Somewhere you made the decision.

No one forged your good character but you.

We have mentors and parents and teachers. But we all face much the same stuff and we come out different (thank goodness). That is our innate ability and intense intuition that forges our character. Oh it does not make news or even enter into gossip circles but generally speaking we all do great stuff. I like freeways. Tons and tons of deadly missiles flying down a few lanes at enormous speeds. And yet through common character 99.99% of the time we all get where we are headed safely and soundly and somewhat on time. That is a miracle but an explainable one. Most people have the decency and character to drive in accordance with good manners and others safety in mind.

YOU DO! And that makes you a fine person in my mind.



Know this:

If you have trouble loving yourself. Know that I will until you can love yourself. And If I am too far away or too abstract for you. Just call a buddy and ask her if she will love you until you can love yourself.

Rise Up I say to you and look at your character and let nothing diminish or fog you view of the greatness that is you.

Hey if you really want it just take it.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you very much motherofnations, it was actually fun to write as I can see this good in everyone.

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      Mothers of Nations 

      4 years ago

      Great hub. Very encouraging. Wonderful of you to share this with others, as there are many out there who may need these words and find them at the right time.

      Voted up and shared!

      God bless you.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you very much.

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      4 years ago from USA

      I enjoy reading your insights on the human condition.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much IDONO clearly if we hold on to somethings to tightly we cannot move forward. Holding a rock and climbing a ladder is very difficult to do. Continuing on a path of a thorough moral inventory is essential to progress, though that does not mean perfection, it is the right path to embark upon.

      Thank you very much for adding so much to this hub, it is good to here from you as always.

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      4 years ago from Akron Ohio

      Hi, Eric! Been a bit. In my recovery group, we talk about this a lot. You've probably heard this but your readers may not have, but we refer to character as " what you do when no one is looking". If a person has the ability to be honest with themselves, they can sort out character traits to keep and which to discard. They have to not look only at good actions and bad actions, but at motives. We forget about those and often find that an action that looked good on the surface turned out to not be so good after all. That our motives were really self-serving and there was something in it for us. I can't stress how important being honest with yourself is when taking this personal inventory. You should pat yourself on the back for your traits that are respectable. Some call that inflated ego. I call it incentive to do more good deeds. The bad have to be resolved. Since you stressed that interested people continue reading your blog, I'd like to recommend people reading a book called, "Drop the Rock". It is a strong tool used by Alcoholics Anonymous, but applies to anyone concerned with personal, spiritual conditioning. If you haven't read it, Eric, it's right up your alley. Thanks for the space here and good to read you.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Right on the money. I love the phrase --- "I will love you until you can love yourself"

      Thanks truthfornow

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      4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I think that it is harder to love yourself than anything in the world. Once you start feeling down, it can be a quick downward spiral and hard to pick yourself back up.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nadine, you already lift my spirits by your writing, so you are making a difference daily, thanks.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana thank you for such a wonderful compliment. We do not need to be clinically depressed in order to gain from a happy lift from someone. Blessings back at you!!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Devika it is always nice to have you drop by.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting and lots to think about here.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      William I think all of my writing makes me feel better just unloading it on you fine folks ;-) Thanks for dropping by.

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      Dana Tate 

      4 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I loved the message you have here. It's funny I was down a couple of days a go couldn't pinpoint why just was. But then I heard about Robin Williams and I realized how deep depression can get if you dwell on it. I am happy you revived this piece and decided to publish it, you will be surprised how many people need to be encouraged..God bless u. Voted up and awesome!

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      "There's so much good in the worst of us," begins the little verse that comes to my mind. Deep down there's a little seed of goodness which sometimes we refuse to notice. Thank you for stirring it up, Eric.

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      Nadine May 

      4 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a loving and inspiring post Eric. Yes I do like myself as the observer of my world and then when I do, I want to do more to make a difference to others. That keeps me going. Thank you. Awesome!

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      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thank you. Well said. Hope and assume you feel better for writing and sharing, as well! ;-)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You definitely have it going on Bill, please keep sharing!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've got it made in the shade, buddy. Are there things I want? of course...are there things I need? no chance. It took a long time to develop this character, but I'm pretty pleased with the results so far. :) Thanks for a great message.


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