I know average women who can walk into a room and fill it with the sunshine of their beaming and generous smile, winning and warming the hearts of men and women alike. I’ve also seen beautiful women enter a room and chill it almost as quickly as they’ve entered. Their hard, snubbed look on their face, the quick snap of head and hair whipping up momentary disdain and disapproval across a silent room. Is it chillier in here?
The question is, what kind of woman do we want to be?
One of our biggest beauty assets, ladies, may just be our character and our outlook on life. According to scripture, the soul will outlive the body and exist throughout all eternity, way after our physical form has perished. It seems, for this reason, our souls (debuting itself through our character) need to be tended to even more than our appearance.
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. - 1 Timothy 4:8 NIV
I would offer that our character is the culmination of all our tiny decisions, based upon the conversations our mind has with our hearts and soul. I imagine the mystery of how they rub together for each of us is intriguingly differently, varied, and oddly similar all in the same bout. The Positivity Project’s late positive psychologist, Dr. Chris Peterson, and Dr. Martin Seligman describe character as the intersection of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
For the next several weeks I am going to personally dive into a study of the Positivity Project’s 24 outstanding character qualities. These were originally introduced to me through my children’s school who recently started using the Positivity Project’s weekly character curriculum. To me, these character qualities transcend age and deserve repeated attention. When applied they are inherently life enriching. We will cover such priceless gems such as: gratitude, perseverance, self-control, integrity, kindness, bravery, hope, and more!
Although the Positivity Project’s material does’t sniff a hint of religion, I find it fascinating that the 24-character qualities they’ve researched around the globe have extensive overlap with the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV). I can’t wait to dive in more thoroughly!