Next letter up for the A-Z challenge of Positive Personality Traits is N - and N is for Noble. Being noble seems a little bit old fashioned - right up there with knights of the round table and chivalry, jousting and eating roast meat off the haunch (and tossing the bones over your shoulder to your hunting dogs). But I think being noble is still a vital personality trait for us to aim for in today's world too.
How often do we see people being less than noble today? I see it all the time on social media in particular - the trolls, the compulsive arguers, the self promoters, and the liars. Those people who cannot act in a way that brings about a peaceful resolution because they are too busy riding their high horse and insisting that they know it all.
Being noble may mean that you don't reply to that inflammatory comment on facebook, it may mean you delete a reply on your blog that annoys you rather than getting up in arms and trying to flog them with why you are right and they are wrong. Being noble might mean that you choose not to engage with people who are looking for a fight or looking for a way to stir the pot.
Nobility is a quiet trait, it reflects the ability to be quietly confident in yourself, the knowledge that you don't have to shout other people down to hold on to your own beliefs. It is about holding firmly to your values without denigrating the values of others. There's an element of being a lady or a gentleman rather than participating in a verbal brawl that ultimately nobody wins. George Bernard Shaw once said "I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it." I think he makes a valid point for all of us in these days of social media and the urge to respond without thinking.
The bible has a passage in Philippians 4:8 that says "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." (I do love a good quote - and the bible is full of them!) Noble thoughts are something to be treasured - they save us a lot of pain and take away the need to joust with others who are just looking for a fight.
This post is part of the April A-Z challenge.
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