Saturday, October 8, 2011

Chivalry today

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This day we offer a challenge to all worthy folk. Show the world that chivalry is not dead. Perform one or more of these acts of chivalry every day, strive to live up to these noble ideals:

Prowess: Whatever you endeavour to do, do it well and with the best ability you possess. Strive to improve that ability in your at every opportunity. Show your discipline and then share it to help others become as skilled as you are. Two skilled people working as a team are better than one person of equal skill working alone.

Courtesy: Remember to be polite and helpful to everyone you come across; yes even to those who make you mad. Now there is a worthy challenge! Try to remember to be courteous to your loved ones too. Often we neglect the ones dearest to us because we take them for granted.

Strength: Be strong in your convictions. Be strong in standing up for what you believe and show the world your strength in chivalric virtue. The greatest strength comes from within and from those close to you. Muscles don’t mean a thing without strength of will and spirit.

Charity: Perform selfless acts of kindness. Find a good charity and donate time, money, goods or services. There are people out there always worse off than you or I and one just never knows when you’ll need a kind soul to perform a charitable act for you. You reap what you sow.

Largesse: Why not buy someone a gift outside of some special occasion, holiday or festive time? Think about the things you buy yourself and then think of the last time you surprised someone with something as simple as a card. Why wait for birthdays, Christmas or weddings? Give a friend or family member a gift out of the blue. Buy them a meal or take them to a movie. Show your generosity and prove that people mean more to you than property or possessions.

These are just five virtues of chivalry that we challenge you to undertake. Feel free to do more. It was Sir Geofroi de Charny, chevalier of France and bearer of the sacred Oriflamme and author of the 14thC Book of Chivalry who said, “He who does more is most worthy”.

Rise up to these challenges and perhaps someday our paths may cross on our emprise.

Source: The Sovereign Order of the Knights of Justice

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