Determination. Hope. Helpfulness. Compassion. Generosity. Commitment.
These enduring values and traits are rooted not in caring just about ourselves and what we want and think but in the desire to be faithful to something bigger and to be of service to others.
At a time when there seems to be so much disagreement and contention over which values should be dominant and prevail for our collective lives, I think we can find reassurance in coming back to things like determination, hope, helpfulness, compassion and generosity. They can lead us to think beyond ourselves, bring us together, change and inspire our hearts. They will endure long after conflicts of the day because we are at our best when we let them guide our lives.