What virtues do you value in yourself?
Hmmm, this is a hard one for me, because everything I value in myself I can also see as a negative in certain situations. I'm not particularly romantic about these things, apparently.
Pro: I have a big heart and I always give people the benefit of the doubt. I avoid criticizing people at all costs. I want everyone around me to be happy, even if I end up the only unhappy one. This is part of my oldest child of divorced parents shtick. I like to solve people's problems.
Con: I get walked all over sometimes. I also really struggle with giving constructive feedback, and by the time I'm ready to say something that might be construed as negative, I'm probably pretty worked up about it, and that does not make for a productive conversation. Once my switch is flipped, I'm completely fed up. No middle ground. The other con here is that I probably care too much about what other people think in general.
Pro: I'm very progress-oriented. My husband, while we were dating, told me that one of the things he admired in me was that I was always trying to improve myself. It's probably the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me, and it was one of those moments where I knew he really 'got' me. I'm always looking for the next step - be it learning about developmental areas for the kids, snapping up off-season bargains on things they'll need next year, considering what family to see over Thanksgiving and how it will impact Christmas and Easter, and so on. I'm highly planned and always aware of contingencies. I've been told I would be FABULOUS at emergency management for just this reason.
Con: It's totally paralyzing. You can never accommodate every 'what-if' hypothetical, and trying to come up with a strategy to cover them all makes actually pulling the trigger on a big decision torturous.
Pro: This is probably obvious from the other two, but I really think things through before I do them. I take my commitments incredibly seriously, from significant promises to friends down to RSVPs. If I take some action, I will totally own it. If wasn't willing to talk about it, I wouldn't have done it in the first place. Maybe this is an offshoot of growing up and working around politics, but I call it the Washington Post rule. If you aren't willing to have it on the front page of the newspaper, then don't do it! Maybe that's why I have a high comfort level with blogging. While I'm a fairly private person unless you know me well, this dynamic makes me very forthcoming. It's also probably why several people over my lifetime have asked if I want to run for office someday. To which I say NONONONONONO NONONONONO! Hell, no. Ugh. Shudder. No. I should probably take it as a compliment, but I mostly find it very confusing, since I don't consider myself to be remotely like what I know about public office holders in either good or bad ways. And would NEVER survive that lifestyle.
Con: I don't take risks lightly. I've had my wild moments, and definitely done things I regret, but there aren't too many and I know (believe you me!) what they are. There are only a very few I feel strongly I'd like to take back. As I get older, though, I sometimes wish I had lived more freely (not loosely, people. Freely.) Taken more risks. Tried unconventional paths and been more open to new and unusual experiences. Not been so serious. Had more fun?