Depth of Character by Jonathan Bagley

I believe that God makes good men and good women, its just that they don’t know how to be good men and women, of standards, virtue, and value. Close your eyes and imagine diving into a pool of water only to be surprised that it was just a puddle of water. That is the character inside that you may find in a person, just a puddle of water. Sure the water looks nice to just jump in, people put all kinds of fronts on, until you jump in and hurt yourself on their shallowness. Looks ain’t everything just like desert oasis when you dehydrated and near death (the fast life = dehydrated). Not all are so shallow so don’t take offense if you aren’t. Many of my friends who I met, work with, or known are all good people inside and out, as for the others – just uncharted waters. What is character? The quality of being. Quality. Quality is good for character. To me thats realness and depth, something you can just jump and swim in without having to worry whether you bump your head on the bottom. For character, just look at your hand. Look at your fingers and that thumb, bcoz I will use them all. 5 appendages 5 aspects. Your thumb will be your personal aspect, while your fingers will be your physical, mental, social, and spiritual aspects respectfully.

PHYSICAL. In regards to character, this is what you look like. The way you dress and your healthy well being. Whether you smoke or not, do drugs or not, sleep all day or stay up all night, work out or not, etc. It has nothing to do with how you were created to look but its about what you do to maintain your physical look. To look good you would have good hygiene. Taking showers and not having a smell. Wearing clothes that fit and being appropriate. Not being sick and knowing how to stay and eat healthy. Walking with good form. You can also think of it as a first appearance impression at a big job interview. Look about something, be of quality. Anything that affects your physical well being is associated here.

MENTAL. This is what goes on in your head, of or relating to the mind. Its a really big area. Much like the brains of you or the processing power. Whether you plan or not, make a choice or not, etc. Choice is what separates us from animals. Animals live on instincts and survival. You don’t have to if you understand your power of choice. You can choose to do anything. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. He/She who aims at nothing, gets it everytime. The sky is the limit. The only thing that limits you is yourself. If you think it therefor you are. What you allow is your standard. These examples are things that I have heard and revolve around mentally, wanting to make best of myself. Good things that build up mentality: reading and studying, meditating, and critical thinking. Just like a car has a lot of options you can choose from, you too can have a lot of options – but yours is free and unlimited. Like for example if someone were to bump into you by accident, would you bump back, get mad, say excuse you, start a fight, or whatever. Point is, what options do you have mentally to handle situations you may encounter. Here are some proverbs straight out the Bible that give some mental that I am getting at as well. Intelligent people want to learn, but stupid people are satisfied with ignorance. Hot tempers cause arguements, but patience brings peace. Sensible people always think before they act, but stupid people advertise their ignorance. Just some of these are examples of what goes on in your head. It all starts there whether passively or actively. Think before you take action. Without a mental side how would you process and live life, you would be no better than a puppet.

SOCIAL. Social in regards to character, to me, its how well you do in society or a group or relations. Knowing how to treat others. Knowing how to communicate, or relate. Are you antisocial or social, are you selfish or giving, are you abusive or loving to others. Do you smile or frown. Respect or disrespect. Another verse – treat others how you want to be treated. Mental also decides on what you do socially as a person. We are social beings as well as individuals. In relationships I like social to be loving to the partner or family, understanding, and communicating, and not abusive or indifferent. It should all be one accord, in harmony. The book of proverbs has good examples in regards to social interactions with others. I have a genuine like for people and lots of love with my interactions to others, it allows things to be smooth on my side to communicate. But the other person doesn’t have to be such as me, they can ignore me, judge me, disrespect me, or talk to me. Social is mostly communication and relation skills. Do you have good skills or bad?

SPIRITUAL. To me personally, without a spiritual aspect how would you relate to your own existence and know your purpose. Why are you really here and for what for? You think you picked this age to live in. Whatever religious enlightenment you may have are you attuned to it and is it something you believe in. Spiritual side isn’t concerned with material or physical things. Do you have a profound sense of belonging in your life? I use my spiritual side for meaning and guidance. It makes me a more sound person. It deepens my character or deepens my ocean a lot more than anything. Having faith, hope and love. Love being the greatest here as well. Wouldn’t you want to invest more into your spiritual aspect? Mentally you have that choice!

PERSONAL. Now about personal. I solely represented the personal aspect as a thumb. And here is my reason why. I have always heard the saying ‘it stuck out like a sore thumb’. So it fitted personal just right. Personal is your own UNIQUE self, since no two people are alike or made the same. You stick out in this world, like a sore thumb bcoz of who you are. And the thumb is just so much different than the rest of your fingers. There is only one thumb on your hand… and hopefully, if there is two.. lol, I might say you have split personality syndrome or something. Personal is your twist to your physical, mental, social, and spiritual. Its what you do, doing your own particular thing, publicly or privately. It also involves your special skills, talents, and attributes. Everyones personal side to me is unique, special, and interesting. Its why I love making new friends, maintaining friendships, and understanding the people I meet or have known. I have my deep friends who I love to talk to, I have silly friends who are always putting a smile on my face or making me laugh, I have my loyal friends who we get together as a team and solve complex issues, etc, I could go on and on… lol. To improve your personal, you would be improving your other four aspects possibly too if its pertaining. You can always have new skills. Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

In conclusion. All in all each part needs one another. It would be funny/sad if you were just a thumb, one finger, two fingers, or just no appendages at all and just be a fist. What areas are you weak in that you may need to work on? All or one. You have many parts but its only one of you. Everything needs to be in one accord and in unison. Now I will share with you some verses from 1 Corinthians 12:12-26. 12:18-20: “As it is however, God put every different part in the body just as he wanted it to be. There would be not be a body if it were all only one part! As it is, there are many parts but one body.”.. (That body is you and the parts that make you up.) 12:25-26: “And so there is no division in the body, but all its different parts have the same concern for one another. If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it; if one part is praised, all the other parts share its happiness.” . So I say unto you be about something, look into yourself, be more of depth, bcoz it will all come to an end and where will you be and what will you do. I love you my friend for reading this, I was just led to write this out of the blue but I know who led me to do it and I just give thanks. I really didn’t know about those verses my hands just turned it there for some reason and my eyes just saw it and it was perfect, and its something I really needed to share.

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