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Is this advice life affirming at all? I'm not sure. This post is really more for myself than anyone else. As I give you a list of adjectives of what you should aspire to be, I may realize how I have limited myself by my own preconceptions of who I am or who I can be. If this post inspires you at all, or helps you, it is only happenstance. Do you think you are incapable of being these things? Do you only focus on the parts of yourself that you'd like to reject? I know that I have been doing that for a long time.
A lot of these adjectives are still seem very abstract to me. Do you find that you can concretely say that you possess these qualities? I don't think it's bad if you don't. But I do think that considering these qualities, wanting to embody them, is skillful living.
That is a very interesting list you've got there.... Definitely all positive qualities that any wise, good person should wish to have. Personally....I've been striving to be more imaginative, creative and socially active. These are traits that are easily dulled down by laziness, substance abuse, television, public education, depression.... Its difficult to always remain imaginative when there are millions of other people around with similar cultural heritage. Most people have difficulty thinking outside the box...and there are so many harsh critics sometimes creative thinking can be entirely discouraged.
I also think being self-aware and open-minded are two incredible qualities to possess. If one can achieve a balance of both of these traits, then one will naturally become honest, compassionate, accepting, loving, good natured, responsible....
Part of walking any spiritual or self-enlightening path involves fully examining and becoming aware of who you are...not just on the surface, but all through out.