Character is the ability to carry out a decision, after the emotion of making that decision has passed. ~anonymous Submitted by Good Morning Reader Ann Marie Stout Good morning! I smiled when I read this quote--and I think many of you will nod in recognition of the truth contained in this simple sentence. How often do we make decisions based on a moment of clarity and inspiration only to find that the energy put into implementation doesn't match that original moment of inspiration? It is in these moments that character is built. When we make a decision and then follow through, despite life's hurdles, we strengthen our mind and soul. We develop perseverance and commitment. We move past the "imaginary" and into the "reality" of seeing our inspiration come to fruition. For this reason, we should be careful in our commitments. Let us only commit and decide to do those things that align with our priorities and that we hold dearly. Then once the decision is made, let us build our character by transforming our inspiration into reality. Your Turn: In what area of your life have good intentions led to little results? What commitments do you hold most dear? What steps do you need to take to see them through? Your Affirmation: I thoughtfully follow through on each decision I make.