I've often said... character doesn't shine when things are going hunky-dory. Who needs refining around the edges when business is booming, money is plentiful, love is ever abounding, and toilet paper is in huge supply? Everyone, said no one!
Character SHINES when the $#IT hits the fan!
Are you gracious? Check out the comment box on Facebook, where you'll often find a tally of wrongs coupled with not-so-gracious name-calling and finger-pointing. Do you participate, or quell social bullies?
Are you kind? Do your words pack a bite bigger than your neighborhood doberman... when the waitress gets your order wrong, or that person cuts you off in traffic, or someone grabs the last roll of toilet paper in the midst of a global pandemic? THESE are perfect scenarios to 'demo' your character.
In a day and age when civility (and TP) are in short supply, let us seize opportunities to RISE and SHINE. It only takes a spark to get a fire going... the kind of fire that you wanna sit around, roasting marshmallows to Kumbaya. We can make a difference, one by one, by demonstrating love and good deeds. Call me Pollyanna, but I'd rather hang out around a camp fire sharing rolls of TP with my fellow humans =)