My pursuit of knowledge and the intellectual life. Number two would be love of humanity in general and many individuals in particular. I vividly remember the day my two teenage daughters came to me and told me, "Dad, we both agree. You don't have a mean bone in your body." Validation!
Being honest. My next strongest characteristic is knowing when to be honest (some people who might disagree with me are bigger than i am). Discretion being the better part of valour, that's why I write rather than take part in sports where my opinions might shake up the opposition to the point of seeking retribution. (Who said 'cowardy custard?' I'll take on anyone - at a distance!)
I like to think that I am loyal. I tend not to stray from my alliances, I do not divulge information that is told to me in confidence. I also like keep my promises. My integrity is something that I value with all of my being.