Being a Character
Being a character does not mean that you are not being yourself on the contrary I believe that you are who you need to be at that moment to deal and cope with what is going on in your life.
Taken on a character is different than building your character traits.
Your character traits are who you are, who you wish to be, while being a character or taken on a character is more often than not a temporary stay.
Where I work, being a character is almost a prerequisite. Managing a mobile home park you do see and get to know all types of characters. Some are more lovable than others but all come with their own life stories.
One particular individual comes to mind. This person had been around a long time. He had seen war and with age had also seen a lot of his family and friends come and go.
For years he wore the grumpy character, never smiled, never laughed and often complained for what seemed to be no apparent reason.
Through the years I learned to see past his grumpiness. I also learned that at times he could be humorous and that there was an unassuming generous quality about him.
We came to respect each other and I came to understand that his grumpy character was not really who he was but only a character he chose to use to protect himself for what life had dealt him in the pass.
We all have characters to deal with.
What are your hidden characters or character traits?
Excerpt from my newest book "Managing a Mobile Home Park and Living Amongst Its Characters"
Introducing Character in A Jar for Children
Build and reinforce positive character traits at home, in the classroom, after-school programs, youth groups, or wherever you interact with kids and teens.
Have children pick a character for the day,
“Patience,” “Compassion,” “Tolerance,” "Giving" and many more.
This can actually be a good gift for adults as well.
"The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands."~ Anne Frank