From Maximus I have learnt…

Self control and resistance to distractions.maximus

Optimism in adversity – especially in illness.

A balance in personality – dignity and grace.

Doing what needs to be done, no complaints.

The belief of everyone that what he said was what he thought,and what he did was done without any bad intention.

Never taken by surprise or apprehensive.Neither rash nor hesitant – or bewildered,or at a loss.

Not obsequious – but not aggresive or paranoid either.

Generosity,charity,honesty.

The sense he gave of staying on the path,rather than being kept on it.

Not patronizing or allowing anyone to patronize him.

A sense of humor .

(From Meditations Book 1 – Debt and Lessons)