“A good name is better than silver and gold.” Just where has this golden counsel disappeared to? The soul of Nigeria is begging to be free from the shame of corruption that has besieged her. Where has living to have a good name disappeared to? We have emerged into a world of moral bankruptcy that seems to desire riches rather than good names. Great riches chosen at the expense of a good name will end up as poverty. We must educate our world that a good name is still more desirable than riches. Sound Character is the component for a good name. We must make good names appealing again, and let the young ones know that a good name is still more honourable than riches.
A Fundamental Assignment for Parents & Guardians
While parenting starts from being biological (giving birth) / adoption to transactional (paying fees) and transformational (forming right values), the ultimate assignment for parents is to inculcate in their children the need for a good name. Parents themselves must epitomize good name. Regardless of parents’ economic or social status, they must not fail to model good names. A culture where success is largely seen in terms of money is one that will not value a good name. While we call on government to create an enabling environment so the people do not have to fight for survival, we call on parents to model good names to their children very deliberately; this way regardless of the rot in society a critical mass will be raised who pursue good names.Parents that model good names for their children will live a really fulfilling life.
Taking on a Good Name
We all have a responsibility to take on a good name. While parents have done what they have done, it is up to us to do what we should do to have good names. True pleasure, true wealth, true honour is in having a good name. Let your name be spelt with sound character. When you work for a good name as hard as you work for great riches, you will find purpose. Taking on a good name is a function of sound character strengths; and it starts in the little, little things of life. Do not be anxious for a successful life, but ensure every moment is laced with sound character, and you will end up with a good name.
Imagine a Nation of Good Names
We the people must determine to make this nation a nation of good names. A nation of good names is a truly wealthy nation. It will be a nation where the leaders lead for the common good. It will be a nation where the people live for the common good. The poverty or true prosperity of a nation is a function of how they embrace sound character in all they do.In essence, a nation of good names will be an enviable one in the committee of nations.
Author & Sound Character Coach