When I Tried to Get To Know Myself

This write up about me appeared in my other blog. It was an introduction to who I am. In fact it was a self-promotion.

A summary of who I think I am and how I think others perceived of me when I tried to describe me to myself. It happened one weekend at the time I am taking my break from the last long term missions in 2014.

It was never validated. My friends, those I can count with my fingers and toes, are far apart and those I encounter during my sojourn never stay that long to tell me who they think I am. But I am pretty sure all of them have met the me I described below at the time we were together.

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My afternoon shadows while waiting for the sunset at the French side of the Pyrenees

I am considered to be good-natured, one who enjoys getting along with others. My friends consider me helpful and generous, and considerate. Striving to be friendly in social situations and empathetic in interpersonal ones. Because of my tendency see good in people, others generally like me.

When in conflict, I prefer to use effective tactics. Because sometimes it is better to preserve the friendly situation than the actual winning.

I also tend to believe that most people are honest, decent, and trustworthy but doesn’t get surprised when the unkind nature of others becomes evident. We’re human after all.

I tend to be more responsive to other’s needs than my own, so not to be overwhelmed I try to balance others needs with my own from time to time.

I am the type of person that likes to ask questions and equally interested in others inner feelings.

I have an appreciation for the arts, as an evening listing to music, going to the museum, movies or talking about poetry intrigues me. I have a wide variety of interests, driven by the fact that I incline to try new activities, visit new places, and try new foods. I may even appear to be unconventional to some! This also makes me appreciate diversity, as discussing others’ religious or political views rarely threaten my own.

Sometimes I like to be involved in large group activities and get energized by a crowd, and other times I would prefer a quiet evening alone. I have my own personal threshold for sociability, and the time I spend alone makes me feel more ready to conquer the world.

I am generally comfortable around others and good at adapting to social situations. I can find myself being contemplative one day, or in the mood to be more adventurous the next. Some situations call for watching before taking action, and others call for being more outspoken. I don’t mind being a leader, but I don’t seek the position. When part of a couple, it’s important for me to balance time spent alone with time spent together.

I am considered a person of character. My actions follow my conscience and are rarely impulsive (except in shopping). When working on something, I tend to be careful and deliberate. In fact, I work best with a schedule and due dates, I can be reliable that way.

At times, I have to watch myself, or I may become a perfectionist. I enjoy being organized, a trait that helps me to reach the goals I set for myself.

My friend consider me to be highly dependable. I am focused when there is a task at hand because it allows me to consider others before making decisions or taking action. Although sometimes situation requires me taking calculated risks.

I navigate the waters of my emotional lives, and some days I feel in control while other days they get the best me. This is most likely dependent on the situation, as I know how to make a good day last and I have learned how to tolerate my negative ones.

I don’t like feeling angry, so I try to be tolerant and learn to accept moderate frustrations. Friends would consider me to be stable and content. In general, I consider myself well-adjusted to the ups and downs of life.

And lastly, I consider myself to be religious, and my faith is essential to me. My relationship with Christ and His Church is paramount in my life, as a source of healing and strength for me. My faith is important part of my life, my relationships, and my journey.

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