What is meekness, exactly?
Well, that is a great question.
I really liked this explanation, from Barnes NT Notes:
Meekness is patience in the reception of injuries. It is neither meanness, nor a surrender of our rights, nor cowardice; but it is the opposite of sudden anger, of malice, of long-harboured vengeance.
Meekness produces peace. It is proof of true greatness of soul. It comes from a heart too great to be moved by little insults. It looks upon those who offer them with pity. He that is constantly ruffled, that suffers every little insult or injury to throw him off his guard, and to raise a storm of passion within, is at the mercy of every mortal that chooses to disturb him. He is like the troubled sea that cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
And add this statement from Robertson's NT Word Pictures:
It [meekness] is the gentleness of strength, not mere effeminacy.
Hm. I like. It reminds me of what someone once said. "The greatest strength is power under restraint."
I like the concept, but don't really like calling it "meekness." Meek has too many negative connotations. So now the hunt for a new word has begun...