I just finished a meditation focused around the topic of Unilateral Virtue.
Essentially, the meditation posed the following question: what is a virtue you're committed to embodying regardless of external circumstances?
For the sake of today's exercise, we'll define virtue as a commendable quality or trait. (Think: compassionate, energetic, present, grateful, kind.)
The meditation teacher then asked me to consider: if at your funeral you were being judged for one virtue, which virtue would you like that to be?
This reminded me of a passage from the book I'm currently reading, Hero on a Mission. In it, Donald Miller poses the following question:
This question resonated with me so much that I jotted it down onto a piece of paper. Doing so helped me solidify the fact that encouragement is vital to me being the type of person I want to be.
If there's one thing I aim to do in these posts and in my coaching, it's that I aim to encourage.
What is it for you?
What's the virtue you're committed to embodying unilaterally?
Imagine someone leaves a conversation with you, whether they've known you for decades or you just met, and they say...
"Wow, they sure are _____."
What do you want them to say?
Both now and at your funeral. What's the virtue you're committing to showing up with?
For me it's encouragement and today I encourage you to consider this question and to embody the virtue you choose, unilaterally, in every interaction hereafter.