The Man’s Toothpaste

•January 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The Man to me: Oh, I have a story you’ll appreciate… The other day I was almost out of toothpaste, so I squeezed the last bit out on my finger and put it on my teeth.  I grabbed my toothbrush and started brushing.  But then I thought, “Man, this toothpaste tastes bad.”

Me:  Oh, no…

The Man:  Yeah.  Do you know where this is going?

Me:  It wasn’t toothpaste?

The Man:  It was a stink bug.  I was brushing my teeth with a stink bug.

Only Two Kinds of People

•January 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I think there may only be two kinds of people in the world…

Those who know they are feeling.

And those who think they are not.

Dr. Seuss on Jesus

•October 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Dr. Seuss in The Grinch sort of summaries my feelings about “the church” and Jesus.

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On “the church”:

Cindy Lou Who: Everybody seems too kerbabbled. Isn’t this just a little superfluous?

Narrator: [I] puzzled and puzzled till [my] puzzler was sore.Then [I] thought of something [I] hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas Jesus, [I] thought… doesn’t come from a store church. Maybe [Jesus], perhaps… means a little bit more!

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(I inserted “Jesus” in place of “Christmas”)

Where are you, Jesus?
Why can’t I find you?
Why have you gone away?
Where is the laughter
You used to bring me?
Why can’t I hear music play?

My world is changing
I’m rearranging
Does that mean Jesus changes too?…

Where are you, Jesus?
Do you remember
The one you used to know?
I’m not the same one
See what the time’s done
Is that why you have let me go?…

Jesus is here
Everywhere…
Jesus is here
If you care…

If there is love in your heart and your mind
It will feel like Jesus all the time…

I feel you, Jesus
I know I’ve found you
You never fade away…
The joy of Jesus
Stays here inside us
Fills each and every heart with love.

My Non-Futuristic Thinking

•October 22, 2014 • 1 Comment

It has come to my attention lately that I don’t think very far into the future. Since realizing that I have tried on a few occasions to think of what my dreams are for the future, only to draw a blank. In fact, over the summer the owner of our company was visiting our site and asked me what I wanted for the future within our company. The question caught me off guard both because I wasn’t prepared to be asked anything and also because I didn’t have an answer, even after thinking about it. What I ended up saying to him was basically, “I really enjoy what I’m doing now and my hope for the future is that I get to continue doing it.” In other words, “I don’t know. That’s too far ahead from this moment.”

In the same vein, I’m having a mini personal crisis lately because I discovered that I’m an ISFP. Fairly balanced between the N and S, but just a bit on the S side of things. It’s a mini crisis because I think that means I’m an aesthetic person slightly more than a value/idea person. Although on the upside (if that was a down side), it explains why I’m so “easygoing”. In fact, that was the most common characteristic of all ISFPs… “Easygoing.” Additionally, ISFPs projected themselves the least far into the future of all the 16 personality types.

One of the ISFPs “kindred spirits” is the ISTP, which is what my boifran is.  Supposedly the ISFP and the ISTP have similar interests and ways of viewing the world, thus resulting in an easy rapport.  I definitely feel that and love it.  (Except when is comes to Christmas.)  The Man (formerly Such A One) and I get along famously.  It’s quite easy, which I notice and appreciate often.  Personality-wise, I feel the biggest differences between us is that he is way more assertive and decisive than I am.  That’s the difference between a T (Thinker, him) and an F (Feeler, me).  He likes to tease me about saying, “I feel…” when it’s really something that would make more sense if I said, “I think…”  Or I’ll ask him, “How do you feel about…?” instead of “What are your thoughts on…?

Anyway, he doesn’t think far into the future either, so we’re on the same page.  And I don’t know what my dreams are for the future.  Maybe be a really good counselor.  And maybe more assertive.  I’d like to live in a place with a view of mountains.  And feel relaxed.

Or not.

Because even just right now, today, I am an okay counselor.  I can be assertive.  I do live in the mountains and drive through them every day.  And I feel relaxed.  So I’m already arrived.

Things To Do Before I Die: Update VIII

•September 22, 2014 • 1 Comment

1. Earn another Masters degree or a Ph. D.

2. Write a book

3. Go to Scotland

4. Learn another language

5. Run a marathon

6. Play the piano with a symphony orchestra

7. See a flamenco performance

8. Go to Switzerland

9. Travel with R

10. Meet Barack Obama

11. Be a psychotherapist/counselor

12. Work with SMD population

13. Make All-Conference for soccer

14. Live on a farm

15. Read 500 books

16. Change careers

17. Give a solo piano recital

18. Pi Delta Society

19. See an opera

20. Participate in a protest

21. Skydive

22. Learn to drive in Columbus rush hour traffic

23. Hug Seoung Joo in South Korea

24. Get a tattoo

25. Ask someone unsuspecting out on a date

26. Go to the movies by myself

27. Go skinny dipping

28. Take a vacation from my problems by myself

29. Learn a new sport

30. Go to Glacier and Yosemite National Parks

31. Take horseback riding lessons

32. Own a baby grand piano

33. See the U.S. Supreme Court in action

34. Secret

35. Take violin lessons

36. Go running in 0 degree and 100 degrees (Fahrenheit)

Tuck Away

•July 27, 2014 • 1 Comment

I went with Such-A-One last weekend to visit his parents.  There was this one point when Such-A-One was off catching his dogs and I was walking across the backyard.  His mom was cleaning on the backporch with the hose, keeping an eye on Such-A-One’s dad/her husband with a sneaky little grin.  When he got close enough, she tried to shoot him with the hose, but he quickly ducked behind me.

He proceeded to use me as a human shield the whole way across the yard, while BOTH of them were giggling.  It was so fun.

I just wanted to tuck away the memory here so I don’t ever forget it.

Strengths 2010

•April 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I found a list I made in 2010 after I, apparently, took the Strengths Finder test (I do not remember doing so).

1) Harmony: People strong in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.

2) Empathy: People strong in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.

3) Adaptability: People strong in the Adaptability theme prefer to “go with the flow.” They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.

4) Intellection: People strong in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

5) Input: People strong in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.