To RISE is to Better Yourself in Every Aspect of Life!
"Virtues are the essence of our character & when we keep the practice of virtues at the heart of everyday life, we live with purpose."
REI means Respect in Japanese. One of the most important value an individual should have is respect; Respecting others, yourself & life as a gift. By respecting life, you will value what you have & know the value of life. This virtue will help guide you to make the right decisions in life.
Sincerity (SEIJITSU): Earnestness; an earnest & sincere feeling. For the Samurai, sincerity must be exercised in every virtue, because without sincerity the virtue is Kyo-rei (empty form). For example, an individual who really means what they promise, is free from deceit. Sincerity is the end & the beginning of all things; without sincerity there would be nothing.
In Japanese, JIN means Benevolence or Mercy. This word holds a lot of meaning not only for the Samurai, but for others as well. Benevolence means having a heart that knows balance between sympathy & mercy. By remembering this virtue, you will be able to weigh the consequences of your decisions beforehand. This virtue makes sure that what you do is for the right reasons.
YUUKI means Courage in Japanese. This virtue focuses on teaching you how to stand up for the right reasons. You are encouraged to speak for yourself & state the facts that you know of, with confidence. If you know that you are doing the right thing then there is really no reason for you to be afraid of anything. YUUKI also makes sure that you follow what you believe is right. It is important to instill the value of righteousness at all times.
MAKOTO means Honesty in Japanese. It is important to exercise honesty at all times, not only with others but yourself as well. If you are honest with yourself, you will be able to embrace all your strengths & weaknesses. By doing so you will gain a wider understanding of the things around you & the steps you can take to move forward with your personal growth.
Self-Control: controlling your impulses. Self-control is an important virtue to perfect, as this is needed to keep the other virtues in check. Stay on the noble path of this virtue.
The Japanese word CHUUGI means Loyalty. This is an extremely important virtue. Being Loyal does not only apply to people, it could also mean remaining faithful to your duties. It is important to be loyal to yourself as well.