Day 9. What virtues do you value in yourself?
This is a really difficult topic for me! I am very grateful to be me, flaws and all, but it can be tough to talk about my strengths :-) I have to admit--I cheated. I asked Ethan to name some of my virtues (nothing like a little compliment-fishing)!!
One he mentioned that really resonated with me was my perseverance. While I am easily overwhelmed, I very rarely give up, and this virtue has served me well. I finished my undergrad program despite some serious health obstacles, and married my wonderful husband despite reservations from some people close to us. I suppose the flip side to this virtue is being a bit stubborn, but in general, I do value my stick-to-it-iveness. :-)
One that I am recently learning to value my passion. I used to view it as a negative, because it meant that I experience emotions intensely--which can be painful! But now, as I learn to deal with the negative emotions more effectively, I am glad that I have the ability to feel empathy so strongly. I think it makes me a better friend, a better wife, and a better potential counselor. It has also enriched my prayer life, because I feel motivated to ask for God's blessings on those for whom my heart is heavy, and on my interactions with them.