Thanks for the first couple of weeks discourses and for all the responses.
I found the distinction between personality and character very interesting and have started to notice how incongruent the two can feel for me. Essentially I think this might be linked to the paramis I have the most difficulty putting into practice – renunciation. It seems despite holding certain ideals of behaviour I often find myself falling short and worry that this is due to a lack of willingness to let go of the negative habit patterns I have built up over the years, and perhaps also a lack of energy.
However, I fully subscribe to the idea that the cause of all misery in my life is in my reactions to it, so I am committed to my meditation practice, trying to refine my character and move out of unwholesome volition, even if it sometimes feels like a steep mountain to climb!