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Mon, May 14 2007
Seven Things I've learned
Topic: Humor/memes
e-mom and Iris have tagged me for the 7 things meme. The instructions for the meme are to list 7 random things about yourself. These are not random things though. I wanted this to be more useful than that this time. If you want random, you can look at my 100 things about me post. It took me forEVER to write it.

So here are...in no certain order....7 things I have learned in my life. I have learned a few more than 7 things in my life, but to comply with the meme, I will post 7. =)

1. Ever since I began learning about the Myers Briggs personality profiles, I am almost obsessed with figuring people out. I love to try to determine if they are an E or I or a P or J. I think it's made me a much more understanding and tolerant person, realizing that a person's personality is inborn. I am an ESFP. If you take the test at the bottom of the page, let me know what your 4 letters are please!

2. Experience is almost everything. The more experiences I have in life, good or bad, happy or sad, the more empathy I have in my head/heart for others. It helps me have a better perspective on life. It helps me to be more merciful and compassionate. This also helps me not to be so afraid to have new experiences.

3. Processing and debriefing of daily experiences is so important to growth. I have never been a muller, a processor or an analyzer. I started this blog over 2 years ago as a creative outlet, but a lot of the time I find myself analyzing or debriefing myself as I write. And I'll be saying to myself...'wow, that's what God is teaching me in this'. I had a hard time doing this all my life (I think I"m a little ADD and can't focus on one thing long enough to feel as if I understand it), but writing it out, knowing it will be read by my faithful handful of readers helps me to organize and process my thoughts and experiences like I've never done before. It is like an incredible gift from God.

Kinda cool....it makes me feel more grown up. ;)

3. God is good. I always thought it was true, but now I know it is. I have experienced it, seen others experience it and have seen how something good always comes, even when it took a hard time to achieve it. I don't mean physical blessings or an easy life. The good things are often seen in how it affects or influences other lives, not only our own.

4. Friendship is a good investment. I have a hard time concentrating on just one friend long enough to really bond and let myself be known. But it is worth it, even if it does mean it makes it harder to move on, away from the relationship when God leads one of you away in our very transient culture.

5. Laughter is great medicine and making people laugh can be as good or better than counseling with them for an hour. This is good because I am not a gifted counsellor.....but I have been known to make people laugh.

6. People are so right about your 40's....everything...it's all true. Depressing, but true. So stay out of the sun, floss!, don't lift heavy thing (!), exercise regularly and eat right....please.

7. I don't know much. Sometimes I think I have certain aspects of life or my relationship with God or how the Church should be or marriage or parenting 'all figured out'. I am always humbled to find that there is so much more to it and that my 'knowledge' was so small. There is always so much more to learn about life, my children, marriage, God, His Word or the Church.

Now the hard part. I have to tag 7 other bloggers to do the meme. (but I don't think that many people read this...ha)
So...if they have time to do this, I tag:
Hannah
And fellow pastor's wives:
Alida
Julie
Joann
Michele
Allie
Leann

by crickl at 12:24 PM PDT
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Mon, May 14 2007 - 1:19 PM PDT

Name: Leann
Home Page: http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Academy252

Hey girl, I read...I just am too bloomin' lazy to comment - my bad! I would be delighted to do this with you. :) We SO need to plan a get-together. I am dying for a roadtrip!!!

Mon, May 14 2007 - 6:11 PM PDT

Name: eph2810
Home Page: http://eph2810.com

Thank you so much for sharing, Christie - I always like to learn more about my fellow sojourners (is that the right word?) this side of heaven :)

BTW - I did the test a while ago and I am an ISFJ - which is so true for me. I think that is why I feel 'home' on the internet...I am a total introvert :)...but still like to share my thoughts.
Being more sensitive to others and their journey has been a goal of mine as well. I am glad that the Lord is showing me things, I have never had an open heart to...

Laughter - totally agree -- best medicine. Thanks again for sharing, my friend.

Blessings to you and yours.

Tue, May 15 2007 - 3:59 PM PDT

Name: Leann
Home Page: http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Academy252

I got mine up. :)

Wed, May 16 2007 - 1:00 AM PDT

Name: e-Mom
Home Page: http://chrysaliscom.blogspot.coom

I can't believe you haven't been a processor until recently, with your blog. This post was so thoughtful, I would have expected you'd been thinking this way forever!

Anyhoo, I did the Meyers-Briggs test in college, and all I can remember is that I was E--J. I prefer the biblical motivational gifts (which I've posted on). Like you, I'm forever trying to figure people out according to the model. And like you, I'm much more compassionate now, knowing a lot of personality traits are innate.

I like your idea of laughter being a good substitute for counseling. It certainly helps when things have stalled! My husband is better at that technique than me--but I've learned a lot about the timing of punch lines from him.

Sorry I took so long to come by, but we had a death in the family over the weekend. Not unexpected, but sad nonetheless.

Hugs, e-Mom

Tue, May 22 2007 - 1:57 PM PDT

Name: joannmski
Home Page: http://joannmski.blogspot.com

I am an INTP! ;-)

I have got to get to work on this, very cool meme.

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