What kind of person are you? Do you lean towards being introspective and introverted? Or are you outgoing and energetic, motivated by contact with other people and new activities? Personality tests can be a fun thing to do (when you probably should be doing something else but need five minutes distraction) and are often quite insightful. They can help you to understand yourself a bit better and even point you in the right direction in regards to careers and life goals. Or, from another viewpoint, they are a load of codswallop and have no real merit. But sometimes it’s nice to have something vaguely scientific explaining the way you feel, act, and interact with others. Even if you have to accept some unwanted truths about yourself.
Either way, they can be enjoyable to do. Unless you get a result that tells you you’re a psychopath or something. That’s probably not ideal. You probably just answered a question incorrectly. Don’t worry about it.
I have done the Myers-Briggs Personality Test a few times over the years and always get the same result. I am an INFJ (The Advocate), which means I am (apparently) “typically compassionate, idealistic as well as imaginative and visionary. They are also sensitive and reserved” but also prone to stress, exhaustion and over-zealousness. I am also “quiet and mystical”. Ha ha. Why don’t they just say I’m weird and be done with it?
INFJs also tend to “internalise conflict into their bodies and experience health problems when stressed”. Yep – that’s me alright. Spot on.
I share my weird personality traits with the likes of Nelson Mandela, Alanis Morisette, Carrie Fisher, Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa, so I am not in bad company. Fairly sure they have some other secret superpower though. Like, I dunno, awesomeness, talent and courage in the face of adversity. I still need to learn those things so it might be a while before anyone names me a saint or screen-prints my face onto a t-shirt. I can wait.
You can take take a version of the test HERE
“…The ache for home lives in all of us,
the safe place where we can go as we are
and not be questioned…”
— Maya Angelou
Sat on their park bench
A newspaper blown through the grass
Falls on the round toes
On the high shoes
Of the old friends
The old men
Lost in their overcoats
Waiting for the sunset
The sounds of the city
Sifting through trees
Settle like dust
On the shoulders
Of the old friends
Can you imagine us
Years from today
Sharing a park bench quietly?
How terribly strange
To be seventy
Memory brushes the same years
Silently sharing the same fear
Time it was,
And what a time it was
It was . . .
A time of innocence
A time of confidences
Long ago . . . it must be . . .
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They’re all that’s left you…”
— Old Friends/Bookends – Simon and Garfunkel
Hello everyone. (Does anyone else have trouble knowing how to start their blog posts? Sometimes I get completely stumped after “Hello Everyone”.)
This little mixed-media piece was worked on over the course of several weeks. I had some issues with it and it has been changed quite a few times. I’m still not quite sure if I like it, but I have to say “enough is enough” eventually, otherwise I waste time on this one piece when I could be starting new ones.
The little “fence” posts at the bottom of the canvas are actually canvas keys – they’re those wooden bits you get that are supposed to stretch the canvas to make it more taut and prevent future sagging. But, because I am lazy, I used them here as part of my picture, instead of actually bothering to stretch my canvas 🙂
As for “Cultivating your Dreams”…. Wouldn’t it be nice if it was a simple as popping a couple of dream seedlings into a pot and watching them grow? Feeding and watering them, gathering any fruit or blooms they produced? I suppose, in theory, it is that simple, but you have to put in the hard work to prepare the soil and make sure the conditions are right. If you neglect your dream seedling, it will shrivel up and die.
Wow, that was a bit deep…
I hope your dreams are alive and well, and ready to blossom at any moment. May they bear lots of fruit and keep you nourished in hard times.
“…There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle…”
— Albert Einstein
“…People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway…”
— Mother Teresa
“…When hope is fleeting, stop for a moment and visualize,
in a sky of silver, the crescent of a lavender moon.
Imagine it — delicate, slim, precise,
like a paper-thin slice from a cabochon jewel.
It may not be very useful, but it is beautiful.
And sometimes it is enough…”
— Vera Nazarian