You, with your talent upon talents and the
gifts you keep hidden and the love you must have stored up,
and your shameless and “limitless” faith
You, with your cool distance and knowing smiles
and great style and sincere disinterest
and the way you can articulate yourself when you want to
You, who are stubborn and prideful and
selfishly unyielding and inflexible,
who artfully and masterfully and consistently plays it safe
You, who never gets too close and thinks they know it all
and admits to your narcissism and can’t be bothered to ask a question
because you might seem too invested
You, who leaves me speechless and questioning
and unsteady and pleading and confused
and trying to make sense out of the things that you are and do
You, with that dumb blank face because you’re too proud to feel,
for whom I change the rules and act like its a favor that sometimes you look at me,
though you never go out of your way to hear me or see me or please me or talk to me
You, for whom I’ve carried this unimaginable, inexplicable, exhausting and unwavering six year torch
and bent over backwards to forgive you your faults
You, who makes me feel undeserving, unappealing, and unimportant.
You, with all your good qualities, the villain made hero, beyond reproach
and you, who will never change
I’m as full of you as you are
and I’m sick of it.
- My dreams come from God and God has the power to accomplish them
- My creativity heals myself and others
- I am allowed to nurture myself as an artist
- Through the use of my creativity, I serve God
- There is a divine plan of goodness for me and for my work
- I am willing to let God create through me
- I am willing to be of service through my creativity
Character Strength # 1
You are aware of the motives and feelings of other people. You know what to do to fit in to different social situations, and you know what to do to put others at ease.
Character Strength # 2
You like to laugh and tease. Bringing smiles to other people is important to you. You try to see the light side of all situations.
Character Strength # 3
You expect the best in the future, and you work to achieve it. You believe that the future is something that you can control.
Character Strength # 4
You have strong and coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe. You know where you fit in the larger scheme. Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you.
Character Strength # 5
Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.
Character Strength #6
You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.
Character Strength #7
You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.
Character Strength #8
You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.
Character Strength #9
Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.
Character Strength #10
You are a courageous person who does not shrink from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain. You speak up for what is right even if there is opposition. You act on your convictions.
Character Strength #11
You forgive those who have done you wrong. You always give people a second chance. Your guiding principle is mercy and not revenge.
Character Strength #12
You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.
Character Strength #13
You are aware of the good things that happen to you, and you never take them for granted. Your friends and family members know that you are a grateful person because you always take the time to express your thanks.
Character Strength #14
Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.
Character Strength #15
You excel at the tasks of leadership: encouraging a group to get things done and preserving harmony within the group by making everyone feel included. You do a good job organizing activities and seeing that they happen.
Character Strength #16
You excel as a member of a group. You are a loyal and dedicated teammate, you always do your share, and you work hard for the success of your group.
Character Strength #17
Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.
Character Strength #18
Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.
Character Strength #19
Love of learning
You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.
Character Strength #20
Regardless of what you do, you approach it with excitement and energy. You never do anything halfway or halfheartedly. For you, life is an adventure.
Character Strength #21
You do not seek the spotlight, preferring to let your accomplishments speak for themselves. You do not regard yourself as special, and others recognize and value your modesty.
Character Strength #22
You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.
Character Strength #23
You work hard to finish what you start. No matter the project, you “get it out the door” in timely fashion. You do not get distracted when you work, and you take satisfaction in completing tasks.
Character Strength #24
You self-consciously regulate what you feel and what you do. You are a disciplined person. You are in control of your appetites and your emotions, not vice versa.