Thursday, March 12, 2009

Methinks is my last strength: Intellection! For those of you who have no clue what I mean by that, feel free to start at the beginning with my first post on strengths or just figure it out.

A little about intellection:

"People who are especially talented in the Intellection theme are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions. Perhaps you read, write, listen to lectures, experiment, or research selected topics to broaden your understanding of them. You gravitate to discussions where the participants are committed to searching for truth and reason. The exact focus will depend on your other strengths."

Ideas for Action:
-Consider beginning or continuing your studies in philosophy, literature, or psychology.
-List your ideas in a log or diary.
-Deliberately build relationships with people you consider to be "big thinkers."
-Schedule time for thinking
-Take time to write. Writing might be the best way for you to crystallize and integrate your thoughts.
-Find people who like to talk about the same issues you do. Organize a discussion group that addresses your subjects of interest.

Sorry, I went a little crazy on the ideas for action. This is most definitely true and I would say the main focuses (spellcheck didn't like that only a math word?) of my intellection are people, relationships, and God. I love talking to and about people (not in a "gossip about a certain person" kind of way but in a "what makes the human creature do the things that he does?" kind of way), I love having, talking about, and thinking through relationships with people, and I love talking about God and who God is and what that means for us as people.

As far as the ideas for action go, I am pursuing the idea of taking some seminary classes in the fall. This blog is kind of like a wimpy diary. I do know a host of "big thinkers" but I never organize a discussion time to "think and discuss big." Scheduling time for thinking for me would have to mean scheduling time to write. When I sit down to think without a pencil and paper I usually end up falling asleep or imagining how cool it would be to own a cartoon monkey (real monkeys are filthy animals, but cartoon monkeys are super cute).

What kinds of things do you like to think about or talk to people about into the wee hours of the night?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Haven't Got a Friend

It's great to see people you love do things that they love to do.

Last Sunday some buds of mine were in town playing a show. They are in a band called Husband&Wife and were playing at a club near campus.

We got to the club a little early and after unloading their equipment we walked to Taco Bell for some FourthMeal. Tried the empanada for the first time and it won't be the last.

Back at the club things got started with this guy who was under the influence of a myriad of things and continuing as he went through his set. He sang about all the drugs he did and at the end of his set he dove headfirst into the drumset. Pretty weird.

Husband&Wife was next. The first guy had pretty much cleared the room, but as they began to play, people began to filter back into the room. The guys sounded great and it was so clear that the crowd was into it. People were really clapping and "wooting" after each song. It was great just to sit there and see them rocking and see the people responding.

After the last band performed the crowd told them to come back to Cbus soon. We came back to our place (they stayed with us) and ate pizza, sunchips, crunch bars, mt. dew, OJ, and caught up.

It's great to see people you love.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Oh, a dark room. Want to go in and see what develops?

Okay, if you're like me, you're pretty bored with this strengths stuff. I should have just written them five straight days and been done with it, but alas, you know what they say about ifs and buts. Unfortunately for the both of us, if I had a sixth strength it would be "finisher" because I find it very hard to start things and not finish. If I start a book and don't really like it, I will finish it anyway. The same goes for movies, and food. So here we go. Oh, and if you're just now joining this party you may want to hearken back to my orignial post about strengths. Without further ado, all aboard my fourth strength: developer.

"People who are especially talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. Very often, in fact, potential is all you see. It's very likely that you may enjoy acknowledging people's good traits or applauding their fine accomplishments. You measure the quality of your life in less tangible but more meaningful ways. You place a higher priority on spending time with family and friends than working overtime to make extra money."

This strength makes sense for me especially because there is no "encourager" or "teacher" strengths associated with this survey, which are things that usually pop up for me on tests like this. I'm not really sure what the priority of time with family over money has to do with being a developer but I thought it sounded pretty awesome so I thought I'd share it. It seems a little redundant or contrary (I can't think hard enough to decide which) to say it's"very likely" that I "may enjoy" something. Kind of makes me feel like I'm reading a horoscope.

On the Ideas for action list it says that I will always be compelled to mentor more people than is possible. This is probably true, although I'm not mentoring anyone right now. It also says that I should find a mentor/coach to invest in me which has been one of my biggest prayers since moving to Cbus. This is one of those prayers where it's like, "Thanks for taking your sweet 'ol time, God" and God is like, "I don't see you doing anything to find yourself a mentor" and them I'm like, "Oh yeah. Dang
." and God is like, "I still love you." Wow, this post took an odd turn.

Question: What would you look for in a mentor and how would you go about finding one?