The Five Strategies of the Virtues ProjectTM are practices that bring virtues to life in every relationship. They help us to live authentic, purposeful lives, to raise children of compassion and idealism, and to create a culture of character development in our schools and communities.
The strategies apply from the moment a baby is born, to companioning people at the end of life. At every opportunity, the practice of love, patience, compassion, excellence, devotion, and joy allows each act and interaction to be meaningful.
Language shapes character. The way we speak and the words we use, have great power to discourage or to inspire.
Our language has great power to influence the lives of others. The language of virtues helps us to replace shaming and blaming with personal responsibility and respect.
Boundaries keep us safe. Virtues-based boundaries focus on respect, restorative justice, and reparation to create a climate of peace and safety, in our relationships, at home, in school, and in the community. Personal boundaries help us to build healthy relationships, and protect our time, our energy and our health.
As a Tlingit elder said, “Life is for learning our lessons.” Recognizing the virtues we can develop in any situation is an empowering practice that leads to lifelong learning. Recognizing the gifts and life lessons in our daily challenges helps us to cultivate our character. Every stumbling block becomes a stepping stone.
This strategy begins with respect for the dignity of each person and encourages us to make time for reflection, reverence, and beauty. It is expressing what is meaningful in our lives by participating in the arts, honouring special life events, and sharing our stories with each other.
Creating Vision Statements increases unity and morale in our homes, schools and workplaces.
One of the greatest gifts we have to give is our presence — our compassionate, attentive listening. It is a form of sacred curiosity.
This counselling approach empowers others to discern teachable moments and to reflect on their virtues. It supports moral choice, intimacy in relationships, and peaceful conflict resolution.