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With the speed of lightning, I'm hooked on the new phone and the new tablet. (This is just my personal opinion, but Candy Crush Saga must be a creation of the spawn of Satan. I'm sure it has nothing to do with any additive tendency in my personality.) Within a few days I start getting messages about having nearly used up my data, for BOTH. Holy Streaming, Batman! What to do, what to do? Cut back or risk high overage charges? Alas, reality set in, so cut back it was. That's when I discovered that DT actually stands for "Deprived of Technology".
After what seemed like months, and a period of deep personal reflection, (okay, maybe it was only 2 days and an admission of deep personal weakness) I decided to visit the service provider again. After only an hour this time, thanks to helpful Valarie, I walked out with a data upgrade and a spring in my step. To all those under age 40 folks in my life that I may have indicated in thought, word or deed my utter disdain for your compulsion to be digitally attached at all times, I'm sorry. I get it now.
Errand day. Knowing the facebook beast can go on a rampage with no advanced notice, while sitting in waiting rooms, McDonald's, etc., I make good use of my time by checking News Feed and Status. Rewind a little: as I'm trying to build my platform, I've been adding facebook friends. Reconnecting is so much fun, isn't it? Since I'm still new at this, can somebody tell me if there's a formula for responding? You know, how often to how many? Do I need to set a timer so I don't spend all day posting? I'm beginning to feel like a fb junkie.
Back to technology and me on errand day. I'm going to blame it on Mary. She had a survey about perfectionism on her blog. Took it in waiting room number one. Of the four cited instigators (Perfectionism, People-Pleasing, Performancism, Procrastination), I thought I tended to be in the People-Pleasing category. Still not sure about that one, but the survey did say I tend to be driving, expressive, and a little amiable. Okay, not too bad. Could have been bossy, talks a lot, and smiles once in a while.
Move on to the next waiting room, next survey. This one's on careers. According to the careers survey I should be ..... a writer:) Yeah! I must be on the right track, at last. (Was just a little concerned that caring, attention to detail, likes to explain things, and good with my hands might translate into proctologist.)
Lunch at McDonald's, another survey. Carl Jung/Myers Briggs personality survey. Great! A couple of names I recognize. Better yet, some of Jung's theories actually made sense to me, at least when they were explained by the cute psychology professor in college. Here I go again: click, click, click (times 73 questions), submit.
In a nutshell, survey says... I'm a driving, expressive, amiable, writer who is (drum roll, please)... introverted, sensing, feeling, and judging. Hmmm... If I asked my family or friends who know me best, would they agree? What, if anything, do I do with the results of computer surveys? Do they really define who I am? Am I an ISFJ because of my roles as wife, mother, grandparent,sister, aunt, teacher, or vice versa?
In times of accomplishment and pride, times of heartbreak and disappoint, times of amazing joy and abject humility, I am learning to accept and celebrate that first and last I am a child of God. Knowing that, I am encouraged and empowered and overwhelmingly thankful for the sacrifice that sealed my adoption.
How do you see yourself? How do you think others see you?
Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.