Fay Vietmeier

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The Compass of Destiny

Watch your thoughts.
They become words
Watch your actions

They become habits,
Watch your habits,
Watch your character,
It becomes your destiny

“Character is like a tree and reputation is like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” - Abraham Lincoln 

“Reputation is for time; character is for eternity.” J. B.Gough


Be careful .. who you love 

Be careful .. what you love       

Be careful .. what you do 

“So, take my strong advice, just remember to always think twice

People always told me to be careful of what you do.
And don't go around breaking .. hearts.
And mother always told me “be careful who you love”
And “be careful of what you do 'cause the LIE becomes the truth”  – Michael Jackson “Billie Jean”


See the LIES I tell myself .. *

How I practice inner stealth

Find the Truth & be set free

Then I’ll find the best in me


Does who you are .. guide what you do?

Does what you do .. determine who you become? 


Is a person “bad” or “good”?

This is not easily understood.

Is it possible to look from the outside .. in

Can you see “character” deep within? 


What is character?

It has many meanings .. here are a few:

.. moral excellence 

.. attributes that distinguish an individual

.. distinctive qualities

.. complex mental & ethical traits 


Character has many shades. What do you see? 

Are you the shadow .. or are you the tree? 

Character can be noble .. virtuous .. upright .. worthy 

Or unsavory .. in bondage to the dark .. a form or slavery 


“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” Henry David Thoreau

 “Be your character what it will, it will be known, and nobody will take it upon your word.” Lord Chesterfield 

"From fire .. comes refining. Character is always revealed in adversity." - me


Character is FORGED .. in the often-fiery CRUCIBLE .. of LIFE

It is EARNED under pressure in DIFFICULT battles & strife 

Noble character by unswerving FORTITUDE is formed

By PERSEVERANCE .. while enduring  life’s storms

In no marketplace can it be bought or sold 

Its  ATTRIBUTES are as pure as GOLD

It can’t be manufactured or made 

It can’t be SWAYED or PLAYED

Its value cannot be WEIGHED

Its ESSCENCE does not fade


Everyone falls .. not everyone gets back up

You should not be defined by mistakes ..

True character will always find Grace 

“Character is the beauty that rises from ashes” - me

In great LOSS 

.. your child

.. your health 

.. your wealth 

.. your spouse 

.. your house

If all your earthy possessions PERSISH .. what remains?

Here you will find the truest state of your being

.. what only God and you are seeing ..

The state of your soul 

The condition of your heart

The strength of your spirit

.. not something you inherit ..


Your character is an internal well

What about your life will it tell?

How deep do your waters flow?

.. only you and God know ..                


How deep is your “character” well?

The outside gives clues like a seashell 

Behind your walls .. beneath your skin 

What qualities can be found deep within?

.. loving .. truthful .. honest .. faithful .. loyal 

.. personally responsible & accountable

.. self-control .. self-sacrifice .. humility

.. forgiveness .. forbearance .. integrity

.. perseverance .. patience .. kindness 

.. trustworthy .. courageous .. brave


“Character is a diamond that scratches every other stone.” Cyrus Bartoi


When you look in the MIRROR  .. what do your eyes see? 

Do you know your TRUE core? Or is that a MYSTERY? 

Do you look to the best interest of others?

Regard people like sisters & brothers?

Are you a giver or a taker? 

Genuine or a faker?


Character can be tested in never-ending ways 

When DARKNESS seductively says “let’s play”

Do you turn you back .. walk away?

Or are you easily swayed?

Do birds of a feather 

.. flock together? ..


“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” Albert Einstein

“The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back.” ― Abigail Van Buren

“Parents can only give good advice or put their children on the right path. The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” Anne Frank


What shapes character?

Do you love dark or light?

Are your actions wrong or right?


Right-thinking produces right actions 

Wrong-thinking produces wrong actions 

This principle is as sure as gravity


We live in a REBELLIOUS world .. in a time when many question “what is RIGHT?”                                                                     

Throughout human history:  “right” means morally good, justified, or acceptable

Righteousness means the same: the quality of being morally right or justifiable.


What is your standard of right & wrong?                                             

Is it human-opinion?

Very often people perceive something to be “right”

… even if .. even when they are falling off a precipice

“There is a way that seems right to a man but in the end it leads to death.” ~ Proverbs 14:12 

We are admonished .. be careful .. 

“Lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge him (The Lord) and He will make your paths straight” - Proverbs 3

Human-opinion is the precarious posture of leaning on your own understanding.


Is there a Higher Standard? 

Human are created in God’s image

Should our “character” be based on His Standards .. His attributes

Does the apple fall far from the Tree?

Jesus is the “Son of God“ .. who became the “Son of Man” to become our Savior. He is also the “Son of Righteousness” .. and God’s Final Word to humanity.

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” – Hebrews 1

Faith is the hearts response to the “character” of God. 


Character determines how a person interprets God's will. Encourage reading Psalm 18:20-26 


Character & attitude are the most powerful signatures you possess.

Character is a compass that effects every aspect of your life.



What you do 

Who you love 

What you love 

What you value 

What you believe

Where you are focused

How you spend your time 

Character will determine how you journey through life .. influence outcomes & guide your destination 


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Be careful ..                                                                       

A hole can begin within your SOUL

.. that you might not even know.

The mind can be BLIND ..

when TRUTH it refuses to find.


And darkness is a hidden tower

Exerting force in every hour ..

Unknowing people it will DEVOUR                                                                      

This veil of DARKNESS echoes in time

UNDERSTANDING shifts the paradigm

If LOVE & RIGHT is your delight ..

Then you are walking in the LIGHT **


.. Consider how one thing leads to another .. 


Lao Tzu, Gandhi, Buddha, Frank Outlaw and the father of Margaret Thatcher .. these individuals have been credited with this quote. - Quote Investigator

A path of principle that leads to CHARACTER .. from Scent of a Woman “I'll show you out of order”



.. Consider the man in the mirror .. 

Worry about your character not your reputation. Your character is who you are. Your reputation is what others think you are. 


This post is my “in the Light” reflection .. to Alan Geller’s “After Dark invitation” to share an “Interlude” .. to your HONOR Alan .. you always INSPIRE ( I would trust your “character” even in the dark ;~)

This Week’s Submission: Billie Jean - Artist: Michael Jackson

Subject: Character




Think 2WICE .. his writing will make you “Think Twice” .. I promise

Arthur Russell - Author: "This Taste of Flesh and Bones"


“Where is your thought compass leading you?”


*lines from “Divine Art”


** lines from “What Color is Light?”


John 3


Hebrews 1 Gods Final Word: His Son


Character of God 


Essential traits of good character





"In His Light" .. I write

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Fay Vietmeier

4 months ago #49

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4 months ago #48

Great Buzz. Always remember, Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” Our character becomes whom we associate with and the books we read.

Fay Vietmeier

4 months ago #46

💛@Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador 

I did not realize Franci that you blog for other writers. 

I need to also edit posts - in the transition to new platform - some images & video's were erased. 

.. I happened upon this making referral to something in one of my posts. 

Also want to submit more pieces to Spillwords (besides poetry) - they have published quite a few poems  .. I'm ever grateful for your sharing them. 


All is well @Fay Vietmeier. Blogland slows down a bit during the summer, plus I am taking a hiatus from writing for other bloggers. I've been editing and updating my previous beBee posts so I will be a beBee bee more often. Keep on keepin' on. 😉

Fay Vietmeier

4 months ago #44

@Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador 

Hope all is well in your poetic world 

Thank you for “insightful” .. your reviews are meaningful to me. 💛

Totally true .. a "sure fire test"

Character is what you do when no one is watching"  Paul Rabil


And yes:

There ARE good and bad character traits 

 Mental and ethical traits make up our character. Character defines us individually - it's who we are. There are good and bad character traits - “Character is what you do when no one is watching"  Paul Rabil


Insightful post @Fay Vietmeier.

Fay Vietmeier

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Multiplied thanks Debasish - multiplied thanks for the sweet share 🍯

You are a most faithful bee .. 

I so very much appreciate thee 

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5 months ago #41

lovely insightful buzz @Fay Vietmeier ! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz.

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Multiplied thanks Neil 

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5 months ago #22

Something new in every passage and something missed that I will come upon later. Thanks for this @Fay Vietmeier 

I could be a while getting to the end. 

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5 months ago #3

💛@John Rylance 

Thank you John .. I appreciate you 

.. you are the first to read & comment .. 

I appreciate your feedback “gems among these nuggets” 

.. invested much time in this posts.

John Rylance

5 months ago #2

There are some real gems amongst these nuggets. 

“Character is a compass” which points us in the direction we should go.

This is a piece I will read several times to uncover all the nuances.

Fay Vietmeier

5 months ago #1

To those who have lost everything ..

May your beauty rise out of your ashes.

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