Next letter up for the A-Z challenge of Positive Personality Traits is B - and B is for Brave. Bravery is something that I appreciate in others. Having the courage of your convictions is such an admirable quality. To know what you believe and to stay true to that belief despite opposition, and to do it all with honour and grace is what being brave is all about.
The world is full of trolls who are quick to shoot others down. They hide behind anonymous faces and they spew their vitriol and then retreat into the shadows. They poison others with their words and opinions and feel justified in doing so. This isn't being courageous or brave, this is a type of cowardice. If you have an opinion be brave enough to own it, to put your face to it and to be able to explain what you think and how you feel. You don't need to attack others to prove your point.
I'm not sure when we became a world of faceless beings who have an opinion on everything, and I haven't really worked out why we hold the view that it's okay to demean others to make our opinion more valid. Maybe it's time we stepped off our high horses and took the time to read and think and ponder and understand issues before we jump up and down and demand to be heard.
Knowing what your values are, knowing what you believe, being able to articulate them without attacking others, that is true bravery. The quietly courageous who get on with living their lives without having to stuff their opinion down other people's throats are the real heroes. The people who quietly get on with living their lives genuinely and openly and who invest in others and encourage them to form their own views are the brave ones.