Have you seen the sculpture of three women who hold up part of the Warsaw Courthouse building?
Their height and grace left me in awe. At first, I thought they were an update of The Three Graces – personifications of beauty, mirth, and elegance.
Later I read that they were personifications of faith, hope, and love. Although a nice sentiment, I wondered why these three virtues at the Courthouse? Why not justice, mercy, and peace?
Either way, I learned a new word: Caryatids. I’d seen them on many of the old buildings in Warsaw, Kraków, and Prague but didn’t have a name for them.
Anyway, I began to think about virtues, those good qualities that make up our character and shape our lives.
I found a long list of them and asked myself which ones I would consider the pillars of language learning? Which ones would you choose?
Here are 10 options. Choose 3 and let me know which ones will make you most successful as an English Language Learner.
- Acceptance of where you are allows you to go beyond your present level.
- Assertiveness/Confidence/Courage helps you overcome shyness and self-doubt.
- Commitment moves you in the direction of your goal.
- Determination to keep trying carries you across plateaus where you don’t feel like you are making progress.
- Enthusiasm helps you leave behind boredom and complacency.
- Flexibility allows you to try different approaches until you find one that works for you.
- Patience overcomes frustration.
- Perseverance lets you rise above laziness.
- Self-discipline rewards you with improvement.
- Wonder keeps you looking at people, places, and their language with fresh eyes.
For a full list of virtues, go to http://www.virtuesforlife.com/
I also recommend the short films on this website.
http://www.virtuesforlife.com/the-present-a-touching-short-film/ openness, a positive attitude
http://www.virtuesforlife.com/a-lesson-in-loving-ourselves/ kindness, gentleness, acceptance