Much like the next person, I spend a lot more time considering my flaws than coddling myself for my best traits, but I have pinpointed a character trait of mine which I find to be quite agreeable: that is that I have the unwavering belief that people act with the best of intentions. It’s a very naive belief, and I know this, but for some reason I never doubt that everyone around me at least subconsciously considers the possible outcomes of their actions and what effect they would have on others.
This conviction of mine leads me to have some more pleasant characteristics to offset my arrogance and often scathing candor. I tend to be very open with people whom I judge to be thoughtful or interesting. This summer I was placed in an environment full of people I had never encountered before, and within a week I found myself wanting to spend my entire day with my new friends, laughing with them, crying with them, and telling them every thought I dared to think. Along with this trusting nature comes abundant forgiveness. I don’t hold grudges against people for long, and if I find that I misjudged someone, I am quick to take back my ignorant opinions and entirely reform them.
Though it may sound idealistic, I strongly believe that everyone has the ability to think critically about their actions, and if we were all to think only a little bit more carefully about how our choices will play out, society could be a much more harmonious and empathic.