In the words of Ann Landers ~
- Maturity is the ability to control anger and settle differences without violence or destruction.
- Maturity is patience, the willingness to pass up immediate pleasure in favor of the long-term gain.
- Maturity is perseverance, the ability to sweat out a project or a situation, in spite of opposition and discouraging setbacks.
- Maturity is unselfishness—responding to and respecting the needs of others, often at the expense of one’s own desires.
- Maturity is the capacity to face unpleasantness and frustration, discomfort and defeat, without complaint or collapse.
- Maturity is humility. It is being big enough to say, “I was wrong.” And, when right, the mature person need not say, “I told you so.”
- Maturity is the ability to make a decision. The immature spend their lives exploring endless possibilities, then doing nothing.
- Maturity means dependability, keeping one’s word, coming through in the crisis. The immature are masters of the alibi—confused and disorganized. Their lives are a maze of broken promises, former friends, unfinished business, and good intentions, which never materialize.
- Maturity is the art of living in peace with that which we cannot change, courage to change what we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.