Next letter up for the A-Z challenge of Positive Personality Traits is V - and V is for Versatile. Versatility is a really useful personality trait to have, it is right up there with being flexible and not being a control freak. Being able to adapt to changes in your life situation with flair and in an unflappable manner is an asset most people would want to aspire to.
I am the world's biggest controller - I love having my ducks in a row (or at least herded together and heading in the same direction.) Being in control makes me feel safe and it gives me the illusion that I have a much larger say in my life circumstances than I actually in fact do. I kid myself that I am prepared for every event, but actually that's not the case at all.....I am prepared for what I expect to happen and then flounder when that doesn't turn out to be the game plan.
People who are versatile adapt to change really well, they aren't bothered when the rules change or when there is a late cancellation or the planned event doesn't happen. They just adjust themselves, take the changes on board and head off into the sunset with a smile on their face and in anticipation of a new adventure. While my cage is being rattled, they are excited about what the change of events holds in store for them.
We live in a world that does its best to stress us out at every twist and turn, being versatile reduces the stress factor enormously. If you aren't bothered by life's ups and downs, then you don't get stressed about them. You don't lose your cool or start ranting if things aren't going to plan, you just accept it and adjust your sails and keep going. How I'd love that to be my normal response when things start going pear shaped!
So, being versatile is one major personality trait I am working on in my own life. If everyone could take life with a pinch of salt and carry on regardless, it would be a very serene world to live in (and we wouldn't need all those "Carry On and........" posters!)
See you next time for the continuation of Positive Personality Traits - W is for Wise.
This post is part of the April #atozchallenge.
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