Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ardently admired: Traits of my friends

This week's task for harnessing creativity and balance in life comes from looking at people who nurture your creativity and whose personality traits you admire.  Again, this comes from the book The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.

There is nothing more beautiful than a cheerful giver.
The tasks I chose was to make lists of people who 1) nurture my creativity, 2) encourage me, 3) possess traits I admire 4) possess traits I would like to cultivate in myself.  I'm not going to share who was on my list (they don't need swollen heads) but what I thought was interesting was the similarities in their characters.
  1. Person 1: tells me the truth, reminds me I am capable, works hard to attain her goals while being completely free to be lazy, is independent (more so than she knows), and is brilliant despite being unconvinced about it
  2. Person 2: is easy to be around -- non-judgemental and supportive, encourages me to do things that are good for me, is kind and silly and thoughtful
  3. Person 3: is kind and helpful, positive and encouraging, is competent without being insufferable, and has a great sense of humour
  4. Person 4: is gentle and kind at all costs, is wise and mindful, and never complains
  5. Person 5: worked hard, was loyal and loving and fiercely protective
  6. Person 6: hard working, determined, kind and gentle, giving and considerate
These are people I admire.  People whom I would be honoured to be more alike.  Hard-workers.  People who are kind and honest. People who meet all challenges with a sense of humour and who don't give up.  People who are loyal and who will help those in need.

These are the characteristics I want to have more of in my life.

Who do you admire?


  1. Oh, don't worry about swollen heads: some of us will just presume to be all six people at once. ("Hard working? Never complains? Totally me.") ;)

    1. Yes, you are EXACTLY who I was thinking of!!

  2. Oooh! I need to dig that book out from where ever I have it buried and start doing writing exercises again! I have three or four of hers to work from. I would like to make that a serious project for the new year!

    1. It's a good idea. I'm enjoying it for the most part.

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    1. This made me laugh out loud, Lynette. Brat.