Extreme Kindness

Extreme Kindness

Ace of Assertiveness

Beside my computer lies a set of cards, each one dedicated not to a sports player, but to a human virtue. They are titled, virtues cards. Linda Kavelin Popov created these cards as a response to the overwhelming negative forces shaping culture and society. They are only one of the tools developed under the Virtues Project, who’s mission is to provide empowering strategies that inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life.

Today, the top card on the deck is assertiveness. The card reads, “being assertive means being positive and confident”. You are aware that you are a worthy person with your own special gifts. You think for yourself and express your own ideas. You know what you stand for and what you won’t stand for. You expect respect. Today I will look for ways to be assertive with myself. When I start to feel lethargic after working for hours at my desk, I will remember this card and draw strength from it.

Each day, I cut this deck look for the queen of creativity, or the king of cooperation or the ace of assertiveness. I focus on the card for a few minutes, reflecting on how I can embody this card for the next 24 hours tomorrow, I will draw another. This task may seem very simple, and it is. There is power in simplicity, especially in connection to how we live our lives. If we can focus on how to make small, positive changes, they will eventually growth beyond our imagination.

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One Response to “Ace of Assertiveness”

  1. micqualyn Says:
    July 14th, 2006 at 5:45 pm

    So good to hear your pulling your cards and keeping your virtues honed.
    I think sometimes Assertiveness as a virtue has gotten a bad wrap – it’s that fine balance between not being too aggressive or too passive.
    I’d like to acknowledge the Assertiveness I see in you Chris. Thank you for knowing what you stand for and sharing your ideas and passion with others through your work of kindness. The world is richer because you are a man who practices your virtues, assertiveness being one you are defiantly practicing with excellence. Thank you
    Cheers.

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