“Building a world of great character one person at a time” Mary G. Crampton
At times, do you feel that people seem to be struggling? At times, does it feel like the world is just in chaos? People seem to be very reactive to the events that are happening in the world today. There seems to be two extremes—suppression (avoidance) and aggression (combat). When asked, most people often do not know why they are behaving (reacting) the way they do. As humans, we are supposed to know what we are doing AND understand why we are doing anything! The what may be out in the world but the why can only be within you. Now is the time for each of us to understand the why. This starts with closely examining ourselves and learning to define our unique values. Once we do this, we control our reactions to what is happening in the world with our unique values (the whys). Change to the world can occur with one person. One person can begin a movement that could positively change the way our world is today.An Engraved Mark is the mark of who you are engraved on your soul. To discover and define your Engraved Marks, your Character, you must first reflect on the life events that scripted who you perceive yourself to be today. We refer to this as Going Back to Zero. In this book, An Engraved Mark: A Journey to Find Character, Ron starts by reflecting on his personal journey through his lifetime where he goes back to zero as preparation to start the journey to find the values that define his character. The book then moves into the journey where in collaboration with Mary, we explain the characters and virtues we have found and defined, and we offer guidance to help you with your own personal journey. There is a destination to the story but you must take the journey to find your Engraved Mark. Although Ron has degrees in psychology, understand that this book is not your typical self-help book. It contains an engaging weave of personal stories blended with comprehensive information about human behaviors. The content is an intriguing mixture of Marine grunt, psychology, Little House on the Prairie and ultimately, optimistic hope. As you read this book, go ahead laugh, cry and even get angry but use the information to discover your destination—your Engraved Mark.