The Key to a Good Life Can you imagine a world without character? Many people wonder why character matters. I think that having character traits is the key to having a good life. I believe that some of the most important character traits are compassion, self-discipline, and perseverance. Compassion is important for many reasons. It is important because it makes you a better person. Having compassion means that you forgive others and you don’t hold grudges. Also, it means that you show sympathy for others when they are hurt or going through hard times. Compassion will help you show feelings for other people sorrows or hardships. If you have compassion you will be a better friend and a better person. Also, people will enjoy your company better. Without compassion you won’t be as empathetic to others and you won’t be forgiving. Can you imagine a classroom without self-discipline? Self-discipline helps you control your actions, words, and desires. For example, if you and someone else disagree on something, self-discipline will help you deal with that peacefully. Also, it will help you deal with anger, insults and arguments. Having selfdiscipline is playing by the rules and acting responsibly. Lao-Tzu said, “Watch you thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” Think about a person. Now imagine them without self-discipline. You will probably be imagining a person who doesn’t think about what they say or do before they do it; they could cheat, and they probably won’t deal peacefully with disagreements. That is why having self-discipline is very important. One more very important character trait is perseverance. If we didn’t have perseverance then we would give up and nobody would do his or her best. If you persevere and do your best then you can do anything. Persevering means being patient and never giving up, even if you face difficult obstacles. It helps you have a strong determination to accomplish your goals. As humans, more people are becoming used to getting more for doing less. I believe that we have to change that because if that goes on then we won’t challenge ourselves and we won’t set goals or learn new skills. Having perseverance means that you find creative ways to do things even if it is harder or takes longer. In conclusion, a world without character is like a book without words. Having character is relevant to my life because it makes me a unique individual, that’s why it is so important. Having character traits helps us shape our personality. It also helps you control your words and actions, helps you be courteous and also helps you be a better friend. Without character we would all be the same. But, since we do have character we all have special talents and personalities.