I heard Felicity Huffman use the word equanimity on NPR’s All Things Considered. Felicity Huffman plays Lynette on Desperate Housewives and recently received an Oscar nomination for her staring role in Transamerica– the story of a man who becomes a woman then discovers she has a teenage son.
The interview focuses on motherhood as it applies in the movie and in Desperate Housewives. Huffman uses equanimity to summarize one of the characteristics she observes in other mothers and aspires to posses herself.
As you may have guessed it is related the word equal and comes from the latin aequanimitas– a combination of aequus, meaning even or equal and animus, meaning mind.
It is no wonder the characteristic Huffman praises just before equanimity is balance. In fact she is almost being redundant.