Friday, June 29, 2007

RevGals Friday Five: Talents and Gifts

1. Personality tests; love them or hate them?
Love them. Particularly Meyers-Briggs. I’m an INFP, and that is exactly to the T the way I act. It was validating to find out that there was a class of other like me.

2. Would you describe yourself as practical, creative, intellectual or a mixture?
I am a mix of creative and intellectual. But I’m not intellectual enough to want to be an academic and read long intricate books on philosophy and theory. I have a quick mind, but it gets impatient. That’s why I never managed to read Lacan or Derrida, or even Plato and Kant. Give me the basic concepts stripped of all the wordiness and I’ll run with it.

3. It is said that everyone has their 15 minutes of fame; have you had yours yet? If so what was it, if not dream away what would you like it to be?
I have never sought it and, happily, it has never come unbidden. Being the focus of attention makes me anxious, so I can’t imagine wanting even 15 minutes.

4. If you were given a 2 year sabbatical (oh the dream of it) to create something would it be music, literature, art.....something completely different...share your dream with us...
I would go to school and take classes in Victorian and Modern literature, art history, and poetry. Maybe some history from those time periods. And then I would write poetry. And I would take up sewing and knitting, so that ideas could percolate while I’m creating something else.

5. Describe a talent you would like to develop, but that seems completely beyond you.I would like to be organized. I try. And then it slips away from me. Consistency is extremely difficult. So instead I am overwhelmed by the enormity of the task of, say, going through the pile-up of mail and papers. And, yes, I’ve tried breaking it up into small goals (It will be forgotten entirely after a few sessions, because something will come up that has priority. That’s what happened to The Great Photo Sorting Project), setting timers, blah blah blah. I try to throw out junk the minute it comes in, but I’m always astonished at how much stuff that isn’t junk there is to be filed or dealt with. And, if it requires action, I can’t file it; when it’s filed it’s dead because I no longer see it. I even have a planner, which I frequently forget about, even though I lug the thing around with me all the time. Add to this that Dear Husband hates every idea I come up with for rectifying the situation, and I’m stymied.

I have this idea that if I were organized, I would be one of those Moms Who Do Lots of Things and Aren’t Slackers.

I’m not a minister, so I won’t do the bonus question.


  1. #5 is right on target for me too...didn't really think of it as a talent because I like to think that I could do it if I weren't so flippin' busy.

  2. I'm an INFP too, and number 2 describes me very accurately.

  3. What does INFP mean? That's the problem with being classified? I am totally with you on organization. I am a disaster!

  4. I get it! I had to look INFP, but I do understand.

  5. I'm an INFP too, and it really helped me to learn that ... not to use it as an excuse not to try things, but to feel that I really did have gifts, just different than, say, a secretary's.

  6. I think I used to be organized, once upon a time, but these days...

  7. I'm a I/ENFJ. My I and E are 50/50. But my big bugaboo is ALWAYS organization. I WANT to be organized, but somehow am missing that gene. Really.

    Thinking of you.... Praying for you every day.

  8. I'm and INFP too- orgainised just is not in my vocabulary!

  9. poopie. can't find your email address.
    Come to dinner at Dominick's on the Square on Tuesday? Please?

  10. I'm an ENFP -- and like you, SO not organized. But y'know what, if you were a better organizer, you'd be an INFJ, and not nearly so spontaneous, creative, or quick on your feet.

    I'm also a "Two" on the Enneagram with a "Three-Wing."

  11. I only take on-line blog quizzes. I'm addicted to coffee and barely pass 8th grade science.

    But I did give you a "Thinking Blogger" award. Go check out the post. And congratulations.

  12. Lorraine, you're too kind.

    Red, I have to check out the Enneagram.

    Rev Mommy, Oh no! Where was I? How did I not get this? That's what I get for being out of the loop.

    Thanks to everyone else for stopping by. I am such a blog slacker.