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Virtue of the Week: Caring

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Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.

Caring is giving tender attention to the people and things that matter to us. It is being a compassionate witness, listening to another wholeheartedly and without judgment. We show that we care with thoughtful acts and kind words.

When we do a careful job, we give it our best effort. We are not indifferent to things that matter. We care deeply about the principles we believe in. Caring is a sign of love. When we care for others, we notice how they feel and what they need. When we care for ourselves, we have more to give to others.

Caring is a gift from the heart.

“One who cares, listens.” Paul Tillich

Practicing Caring
I take an interest in others and listen deeply.
I look for ways to be considerate and helpful.
I am gentle and loving with anyone an anything placed in my care.
I give excellence to whatever I do.
I am passionate about my beliefs.
I take good care of myself.
I am thankful for the gift of caring. It helps me to express my love.

Questions for discussion
– How do we give tender attention to social justice without burning out?

– How is self-care highlighted in our community?

– When are we compassionate witnesses? Why is it important to be compassionate witnesses in our community?

– Do we make space to acknowledge the needs in our community?

The Virtues Project is provided by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands in partnership with Virtues Matter.

Virtues Matter was started by a wife-husband team of social entrepreneurs seeking to positively uplift as many lives as possible. We aim to inspire and empower, to build capacity, strengthen relationships, and help everyone lead lives of passion and purpose.

Virtues Matter believes in a world where people are committed to kindness and respect, strive to be their best, and live with hope, courage, and in unity. We built the Virtues Cards mobile app, an interactive personal and team development tool, to help people identify and develop key virtues skills. We also offer dynamic workshops, online training, and customized programs to help people cultivate these positive qualities of character. To learn more, visit virtuesmatter.com.

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