Even the most mechanical routines can transform our inner lives.
Cultivating character is the lifelong work of evaluating and choosing between various virtues. It's difficult, and it’s our calling.
Lately I’ve been getting invitations to speak to youth about the virtues, so I’ve been trying to recall my own early training on the subject. I grew up in a Lutheran church, and much of who I am can be traced back to second- and third-generation Christian immigrants who believed in using their skills to help people in need. What I learned about the virtues, I learned through doing. In terms of any formal training, however, I remember almost nothing.