Many character traits are closely related and build upon one another. A related trait to boldness is cautiousness, recognizing the right time to take the right action. This month we look at boldness, the confidence to say or do what is true, right, and just.
We sometimes forget the bold step America’s Founding Fathers took when they signed the Declaration of Independence. By stating their intentions to separate from England, they laid the foundation for the freedoms we enjoy today. The Colonies were the property of Great Britain, so the stand taken by the 56 signers was uniquely bold. In the last line of the Declaration, they pledged to each other their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. They believed so deeply in the cause of liberty that they were willing to risk those things to gain their freedom. While we remember them as patriots, it is important to put their actions into historical perspective—they were labeled as traitors to the Crown. If the war for Independence had not been successful, those who put their names on the Declaration would have also been at the top of the list for committing treason against England.
Wolverines illustrate the trait of boldness in nature. The stocky animals possess great strength and confidence. Wolverines have been known to attack creatures nearly 20 times their size, like Grizzly bears, when defending themselves or their offspring. Wolverines live primarily in the arctic and alpine regions of Alaska and Canada, but a few also remain in the Rocky Mountains.
I Will Statements
1. I will not be afraid to speak the truth.
2. I will keep a clear conscience.
3. I will support others when they are right.
4. I will be willing to stand alone.
5. I will speak with humility.
Self confidence is the cornerstone of boldness. To inspire more confidence in your children, remind them of the things they do well. Making a Me Poster is a fun activity to illustrate and reinforce their skills. First, ask your child to think about the things they do well or that bring them joy. Maybe it’s swimming, reading, or being a good friend. After listing several activities, make the poster as simple or as elaborate as you and your child desire. Some children might enjoy lying on a piece of butcher paper while you outline them for a life-size poster. Others may want to use a regular piece of poster-board. Let your children express themselves and their talents in whatever way they choose—hand-drawn pictures or photos cut from a magazine can illustrate their activities. No matter what they select, the poster will be a unique celebration of your child, so encourage his efforts.