It occurred to me the other day that there is one thing that, to me at least, marks how mature someone is or isn't. That mark is the ability to find positive things in times or objects or environments that are markedly unpleasant or negative.
Think about a teacher yelling at you. It's obviously a negative thing, but the more mature people I know will be able to step back from it, and say "Well, at least she's taking interest in my project." or "At least she's giving good tips." or "At least now I know how I don't want to act if I'm ever teaching."
It just seems to me that the more immature you are, the more you're focusing on how something appears, and less on trying to find more depth in any given situation.
So, what do you think? Do you think I'm totally off my rocker, that I'm obviously a genius, or somewhere in between?