A new little book I have recently become acquainted with is "The Book of Qualities" by J. Ruth Gender. It is really wonderful and so insightful. In addition, her illustrations are fabulous! Here is a passage that speaks to me.
Patience wears my grandmother's filigree earrings. She bakes marvelous dark bread. She has beautiful hands. She carries great sacks of peace and purses filled with small treasures. You don't notice Patience right away in a crowd, but suddenly you see her all at once, and then she is so beautiful you wonder why you never saw her before."