• Maturity is the ability to control anger & settle differences without violence & destruction.

  • Maturity is patience.  It is the willingness to pass up immediate pleasure in favor of long-term gain.

  • Maturity is perseverance, the ability to sweat out a project or a situation in spite of heavy opposition & discouraging setbacks.

  • Maturity is the capacity to face unpleasantness & frustration, discomfort & defeat, without complaint or collapse.

  • Maturity is humility.  It is being big enough to say, "I was wrong.  I am sorry."
    And, when you are right, you need not say, "I told you so."

  • Maturity is the ability to make a decision & follow through.  
    The immature spend their lives exploring endless possibilities & then do nothing.

  • Maturity means dependability, keeping one's word & coming through in a crisis.  
    The immature are masters of the alibi.  They are conflicted & disorganized. Their lives are a maze of broken promises, former friends, unfinished business & good intentions that never materialized.

    And based on the Serenity Prayer:  

  • the art of living in peace with what we cannot change,

  • the courage to change what we know should be changed, and

  • the wisdom to know the difference.

    LA Times June 17, 1993  Ann Landers' column.