What Makes A Person NobleSusan Thom
The thesaurus describes noble as, "Of gentle birth." I think there are many characteristics that come to mind. Honesty is at the forefront. Can you trust this person? Do they keep their word, even when it is difficult to do so? Can you count on them to make good on their promises, or do they turn those promises into empty words? Do they tell you what you want to hear, instead of what you need to hear? Do they look you in the eye during conversations? Are they honest with their feelings for you, or are they using you for whatever it is they think they can get?
I think to be noble is an admirable characteristic, and I believe there are still those who aspire to do good, for themselves and others, and to focus on honesty, respect, compassion, and selflessness. It is noble to hold one’s head up high, even in times of deep distress or disappointment. Those of us who question how one can seem so "normal" and helpful, while going through a difficult period, can think about such things, and incorporate the strength we see in our noble mentors. Find out how they do it. I know for me, I have handled some pretty rough segments of time, and my faith above all else, helped strengthen my weaknesses.
Our thought process has it’s own time to be of service to us. We might ask ourselves, "What would God want me to do?" We may also pray to Him for answers, so we can deal with a particular situation in the best way. Thoughts begin to flood our minds, all appropriate to mending the problem at hand, and we know our requests have been listened to, and answered. God is the epitome of noble! We may think He has let us down, when things aren’t going our way, and everywhere we turn, we make another mistake. Once we realize that we, too, must be an active participant in the process, we begin to make progress.
"Of gentle birth" speaks of peace and harmony with one’s self, others, and nature. Impatience gets us nowhere, and we get angrier the further we don’t get! If we take our time, and work our thoughts out in our head, and pray for divine help, then we have chosen the noble and right thing to do. It may be more uncomfortable for us to confront someone, or tell the truth, or work a little harder, but the end result is a clear and honest conscience. This lends to a clear and honest person. One who keeps their word, and only breaks it due to understandable circumstances.
Loyalty is also a noble characteristic, and is to be commended, when applied to the right people. Gossip holds no loyalty. If you are talking about one person to another, and acting like their confidences are safe with you, you might as well be lying. There actually is a way not to tell a friend that another friend is pregnant. It is not a disease, although addictive, to talk about others. It can be thought about and a commitment can be made to stop doing it. Much like quitting smoking, or reducing the calories you take in every day. There is a big load that gets lifted off our shoulders when we don’t have to worry about someone finding out what we said about them, even if it is subconscious.
I think someone who is noble is also intelligent, and has taken the time to explore many different avenues of learning. They know just enough about everything, it seems. I’ve always admired people like that. It takes a certain commitment to widen your mind to include things you otherwise wouldn’t know. These days, with the Internet and shows on everything you can think of, it’s easier to stimulate our minds to hold more beauty. We can always sift out the bad. I’ve always wanted to go to India, Jerusalem, Egypt, and Japan, and now I can see it all on TV, or through my computer.
So, to be noble is perhaps to be honest, respectful, compassionate, selfless, loyal, intelligent, honorable, admirable, and aware of what boundaries not to cross. In our daily lives, there is much that is admirable. Our families, our homes, all the possessions we have accumulated through the years, the sun rise and sun set, the moon and the stars, the green grass, the beautiful flowers and birds. There are the mountains, rivers, oceans, lakes, icicles, beaches with sand and jelly fish and sea shells. So much to be grateful for. So much to be honest for. So much to share equally with others. And so very much to enjoy.
Article submitted Wednesday, April 8, 2009 & read 3736 times.
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» left by EmilyCragg from cyberspace (4 years 22 days ago.)
Nobility, to me, is the ability to stand before Creation, and say what is on one's mind--no matter the cost, no matter the outcome. It's a sturdy spirit who refuses to participate in harm, sin or perfidy.
» left by Vera bardha from Bloomfield Michigan (2 years 298 days ago.)
Being noble is no longer an imperative in our culture.I believe to be noble, is everything.It defines us and your definitions are perfect.
» left by Anonymous (2 years 294 days ago.)
this really inspired me whenm writting my essay
» left by jeff mcjeremy njenga from Nairobi kenya (1 year 251 days ago.)
very inspirational and refreshing, nobility is the persistence of man in doing that is of good report and making the world a better place for his fellow men>>left by jeff mcjeremy njenga from Nairobi kenya