Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Today's prompt is to grab the nearest book and open to to a random page and point to a phrase. Free-write about the phrase for 15-20 minutes. I actually started this post quickly before I left the office for the day, which made the first part of the assignment real easy -- because I only have one book here -- Strength's Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath (coincidentally, the NYT bestselling author of "Wellbeing.")
"You inspire trust because you are cautious and considerate about sensitive topics. Use these talents by taking on opportunities to handle delicate issues and conflicts."
I'd say that describes me pretty well. I am a natural confidant -- somebody who people trust with their secrets. My joking 'catch-phrase' about this is "people are always tellin' me things I didn't want to hear." In reality, I am glad to be somebody that people trust, and that they look to for guidance or sympathy. I wouldn't want to change that about myself. I've often considered exiting the business world and going back to school to be a social worker or therapist, because I feel like those skills come a lot more naturally to me.
On the downside, it also causes me to worry and stress a lot. I like being perfect. I like situations to be perfect if I'm involved. I can be a little bit OCD about "controlling" situations - even when they are out of my control. I'm not great at that whole "let go, let God" mentality. So when faced with these "delicate" situations, I often make myself crazy trying to position everything "just so" as to make everybody happy.
I'm not really sure if that answers the question correctly, and once again, it is 8:30 PM and I've run out of steam so I'm gonna leave you with that and hope for more inspiration to write tomorrow!
Off and running,