Virtue of the Week – Idealism

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Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.


Idealism is having a vision of what is possible and wanting to make a difference. It is caring passionately about what is meaningful in life. Idealists see things as they could be and have faith in the power of change. We put our principles into practice. We don’t just accept the way things are. We dare to have big dreams and then act as if they are possible. Idealism doesn’t mean that we are idle dreamers. Idle dreamers just wish things were better. Idealists do something to make things better. We make the ideal real.

Quote: “You see things and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were and I say, ‘Why not?’” – George Bernard Shaw

The Practice of Idealism

I have a dream.

I have a plan.

I have faith in the highest possible outcome.

I walk my talk.

I persevere.

I make a difference.

I am thankful for the gift of idealism. It helps me to realize my dreams.

  • What are the possibilities for our social justice work?
  • What principles do we need to put in practice to strengthen our social justice work?
  • What can we do to make things better in our community?
  • What does perseverance look like in our community?

Virtues Matter was started by a passionate wife-husband team of social entrepreneurs seeking to positively uplift as many lives as possible. We aim to inspire and empower, to build capacity, strengthen relationships, and help everyone lead lives of passion and purpose.

Virtues Matter believes in a world where people are committed to kindness and respect, strive to be their best, and live with hope, courage, and in unity. We built the Virtues Cards mobile app, an interactive personal and team development tool, to help people identify and develop key virtues skills. We also offer dynamic workshops, online training, and customized programs to help people cultivate these positive qualities of character. To learn more, visit