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  1. KC

    There are many qualities I admire, appreciate and respect in others, and aspire to embody.

    One core quality is that of a ‘compassionate mess’, in spite of and in the face of it all

    From that level of humility, and a radical acceptance of self, other, the way things are, is a way of being in the world I am drawn to in myself and others. Iris Murdoch refers to humility as a ‘selfless respect for reality’. I guess humility is high on my list too.

    Apologies for the long- winded answer.

    4 months ago
  2. Charlie T

    Yes, there are people that I admire and I attempt to emulate some of there qualities. And I find it helpful to have examples in the world. The qualities are always kindness, helpfulness, compassion, thoughtfulness, and self awareness.

    4 months ago
  3. Melanie G.

    Ethical integrity pulls me deeply today. Even when I disagree politically with certain people, I am transformed when they speak truth to power with the courage of their convictions.. This has happened at the January 6 committee hearings and it lifted my heart into a place of deep respect.

    4 months ago
  4. Elise

    There are qualities in all that I admire. However, I would say if I could, I would like to embody the qualities of my grandmother and others a like. My grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer 4 years ago and there has not been a single day that I have heard her complain about this diagnosis. Whenever I am in her presence you can feel the light that radiates from her, and her words are only of gratitude and kindness. I admire her strength and I am growing everyday to become a more kinder soul–like my grandmother and many others like her.

    4 months ago
  5. Mica

    Dalai Lama’s kindness

    4 months ago
  6. Hermann-Josef

    I think I am as I am and what I am because god wants me to be as I am. Mind always wants to be something better, wiser, greater, humbler and so on…. Does that mean the mind knows how everything is supposed to be and God made a lot of mistakes? On the other hand it seems that evolution is part of being. Here are and have been so many saintly beings with qualities I can only dream of. Like unshakeable inner peace, love , forgiveness, wisdom and knowledge of the self

    4 months ago
    1. d
      db82258

      and want this

      4 months ago
  7. Don Jones

    I think an unfortunate by-product of this question is to massage the feet of the “I”. But of course, it isn’t about me, so I cannot answer. “The obstacle in your path, is your path”.

    4 months ago
    1. d
      db82258

      I get this

      4 months ago
  8. pkr

    I admire my daughter & her ability/quality to go after what she wants. She is very clear in her intentions & her determination. She knows what she wants & goes & gets it. She pursues her “goals” I might add with love, love in her heart. She seems to be fearless. I wish I could have some of her fearlessness & determination. I have been trying to get out of a bad relationship for quite some time. I wish I was without fear.
    Look for Joy today. ❤️🌼✨

    4 months ago
    1. Rabbit

      Maybe you could a little deeper inside. I bet you taught her some of that fearlessness. Did she ever tell you where she thinks she learned it?

      4 months ago
      1. pkr

        Thank you Rabbit. Have a beautiful, joy filled Saturday.

        4 months ago
        1. Rabbit

          You too. I see now I made a mistake in my post. I fixed it. Hope you knew what I meant. There days I can edit something five times and find a new error each time and still miss something.

          4 months ago
  9. Claudia Mikos

    I would like to add all of you to the list of people with qualities I admire. I have been reading your reflections for over a year now without having the courage to add my own voice. You are courageous when giving voice to your thoughts and struggles. I also admire the humble honesty, the desires to continue to grow more compassionate, empathetic, and accepting of reality. I admire the encouragement you give each other in your replies. You are a blessing and wonderful example of humanity’s capacity for admirable qualities to more people than you know.

    4 months ago
    1. sparrow

      I am glad that you have found this space,
      dear Claudia…
      we are all on this journey together
      with love…
      sparrow ♥

      4 months ago
    2. Michele

      Welcome Claudia! Your reflection made me smile as it’s heart warming to read when someone has courage and did it!

      4 months ago
    3. Mica

      Welcome, Claudia, and hugs to you {{{{Claudia}}}} 🙂

      4 months ago
    4. Laura

      So glad you’re here! I also read and enjoyed the posts for months before jumping in. Hope you can stick around.

      4 months ago
    5. Rabbit

      Claudia, this is beautiful. I am sure everyone thanks you. Do you remember when you were a kid and other kids used to say, “It takes one to know one?” They probably meant it in a not so kind way but I use it here in a kind way. You have the traits you praise or you would not have written this. Please post more.

      4 months ago
  10. Carol

    My dear friend Sandy who has suffered from severe Rheumatoid arthritis since she was 18 years old and is now in her 70’s. She has spent her whole life helping others. I first met her when she was in her early 40’s and leading retreat groups for her church. As the years went by she started volunteering for a hospice organization. Then she took on a summer camp for children with cancer. She lived in constant pain. I’ve seen her barely able to walk. When ask what someone should do when life presents challenges, she would say, “Leave them at the foot of the cross.” She still inspires others in her mid-70’s. The strength of her faith and self disipline inspire me to do my best. She makes me think of Mother Teresa.

    4 months ago
  11. dragonfly

    Jane Goodall has many qualities I admire. I would like to be as caring, passionate and courageous as she is and work for positive change without being attached to the outcome and discouraged by obstacles.

    4 months ago
  12. Chester

    As someone who strives toward Christian ideals, Jesus comes to mind – indeed the Christian faith reinforces embodying Jesus’s values through the Holy Spirit – most defined by commitment toward what is right and good with compassion for others, above all else.

    4 months ago
  13. Antoinette

    The Buddha/j the universe- that would mean I would be free from the human mind world and I would love everything and everyone.

    4 months ago
  14. Laura

    I like what I’ve been blessed with, and I practice to strengthen and appreciate those qualities, such as perseverance, patience and respect.
    To try to embody someone else’s qualities triggers my perfectionist streak, making me feel as though I’m not enough.
    But there’s also the school of thought that we admire certain traits in others because we already have those traits. Like attracts like. Perhaps I already embody some of those qualities I notice in others but don’t believe that I possess.

    4 months ago
    1. Rabbit

      I sometimes think God puts someone in my path so I can see myself. I have always thought of it as something that I needed to change to be better. I like your twist on it too put never thought of it that way. Thanks for the idea.

      4 months ago
      1. Laura

        I don’t know where I read that, but it’s stuck with me.

        4 months ago
    2. sparrow

      I love your answer,
      dear Laura,
      and I agree…
      the question made me too,
      ‘feel as though I’m not enough.’
      But there is someone I admire
      who has traits I long for as well…
      either way,
      I am good enough,
      but would like to be stronger in some ways.
      Thank you for your thoughtful comments. ♥

      4 months ago
      1. Laura

        Thank you for the affirmation, Sparrow.

        4 months ago
    3. Barb C

      I love this answer–appreciating ourselves for our own good qualities! Often overlooked.

      4 months ago
      1. Laura

        🙂

        4 months ago
  15. Rabbit

    The person that I want to be. I admire qualities like patience, kindness, joyfulness, gratefulness, persistence, attention to detail, and intelligence. I like the qualities of keeping a good perspective, staying in the moment, and having confidence. Specifically I admire Robin the librarian who makes everyone who comes in the door feel like family and Lori a previous neighbor. Both of them embody all the qualities I mentioned.

    4 months ago
  16. Maria Martins

    There is a quality that I wish I had and I have been working a lot on it. It has been my ‘new year’s resolution’ for so many years now and although I know I am better, I am still not where I wish to be. I want to become 100% Non-judgmental!

    In general, I am a very compassionate and empathic person ; however, inside of me, I often criticize attitudes I wouldn’t have. For example, I see someone fighting on the street and I jump into conclusions in my mind, or I see someone in the traffic doing something wrong and I get very judgmental. I wish I could be 100% unbiased, always!

    4 months ago
    1. Rabbit

      I am so with you on this Maria. Watching the news or driving where I see so much aggressive driving sends me directly to judgement. I know I am hurting myself only but haven’t been very successful in getting away from it. I would love some hints to help. The only thing that helps me is to stay away but that in not always possible or wise.

      4 months ago
      1. Maria Martins

        Dear Rabbit,

        I know right? Also, I tend to become very judgmental towards people with different political visions and this kind of thing. What I tried recently was to unbias myself. Basically, I started following press that goes against my beliefs, started reading books recommended by people completely different from me and tried to seek more information out of my spectrum. In terms of negativity, as you mentioned, I stopped watching the news. I read a lot but I avoid graphic content because I believe seeing is always worse for people like us. Also, lots of meditation <3

        4 months ago
        1. Rabbit

          Thanks Maria. My husband taught Political Science so that is a factor in our house too. When I try to limit, there is something he wants to talk about and when he tries to limit there is something I want to talk about or ask a question about. Jerry likes the old Simon and Garfunkle song that talks about exactly what you are saying. People tend to read and listen to what agrees with what they think. He is 83 so he has quite a bit of historical perspective from both life and study.

          4 months ago
        2. Mica

          Thanks, Maria – I’m impressed. It took many years of living by my next door neighbor of different political views before I connected enthusiastically with her over the discovery that we’re both people for whom ‘one person’s trash is another’s treasure’ – it’s so wonderful to finally enjoy her as a neighbor 🙂

          4 months ago
        3. Barb C

          I’ve tried to move toward a place of genuine curiosity about the individual and what points of connection or common experience might exist. I’m not seeking to change my own beliefs in this, but to understand a bit more about theirs. I would say I’m both hoping to understand them better, and hoping that they’ll understand me better, and by extension others like me, and perhaps not dehumanize or dismiss if that was their tendency (or mine). This would be if I had any real chances for interaction, that is–I’m not out in the world much so I’m not running into people with vastly different beliefs. I get some small chances to practice curiosity through work interactions if we have very different approaches to a challenge. I try it in online interactions but people can be so performative there and unwilling to say anything that opens them to criticism for the true believers in their bubbles. (That was me judging right there, wasn’t it?)

          4 months ago
  17. EJP

    I would embody the qualities of children who see the joy in the simple things of life.

    4 months ago
  18. Kevin

    Oh gosh, I admire a number of people for so many different kinds of qualities even as I know that I wouldn’t want to actually be any one of those persons. I admire honesty, straightforwardness, determination, kindness and a sense of personal mission, or purpose, in a person. Be they be known, unknown, well off or poor, it does not matter. I don’t expect to see all these qualities in any one person, but I do see them almost daily among the different people I meet here and there every day. I do not feel a need to have, nor am I envious of, the qualities of personhood that these people have. For me, the gift is just having them in my life day in and day out.

    4 months ago
    1. Rabbit

      Have you eve thought of writing a book? You are very eloquent and you can write things in a way that reaches people.

      4 months ago
      1. Maria Martins

        I totally agree!

        4 months ago
      2. Pilgrim

        I second the motion!

        4 months ago
  19. Michele

    I admire anyone who has the qualities of patience.

    4 months ago
    1. Rabbit

      It is a gift that we can give to others.

      4 months ago

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