Today, as part of the challenge, I am sharing what I feel are five strengths and five weaknesses I have.
I used to feel awkward sharing my strengths. It felt too much like bragging. As I get older, though, I am learning that there is a difference between bragging and embracing your gifts. So here are five things I view as my strengths.
- I'm organized - This is a good thing because I am CEO (Chief Executive Organizer) in the Spoon House. I make the appointments, get everyone where they need to go, and keep up with all the schedules. I make a to-do list every day - no kidding! I also make lists when I pack or when I shop or blog or, really, do just about anything.
- I'm smart - I have a college degree and I can carry on an intelligent conversation with others. In the throes of motherhood, when I spend some days talking to nobody but kids, this is easy to forget.
- I'm compassionate - I care about other people. I am moved by the stories of others and I want to help people, especially those, like children, who cannot help themselves.
- I'm a good leader/director - I am not afraid to be a committee chairperson or put together an event. I know how to make decisions and how to utilize volunteers efficiently.
- I'm good with words - This one comes in really handy for blogging! I'm a good writer and a good speaker. Others have often come to me for proofreading or suggestions for wording. Not only is it a talent I have, it is something I love!
And, now for my weaknesses.
- I am impatient - Right now, we are renovating a room in the house. It is slow going and it is driving me nuts! Even though I knew when we started that it would take a while, I still just want it done. I'm that way with a lot of things in life - I don't like to wait.
- I'm a scaredy cat - I don't like change and I don't like to try new things. I don't ride roller coasters, for example. I get nervous on airplanes or when traveling to a new place. Heights make me uncomfortable and I'm rather claustrophobic.
- I'm not crafty - Just recently, my oldest daughter needed an astronaut costume for a school project. I did peruse Pinterest briefly, but I was more than willing to pay $40 to rent a costume rather than try to make a paper mache an astronaut helmet myself. The few times I have tried something crafty, I have failed - miserably!
- I let things go to avoid confrontation - Usually confrontation is a bad thing, but, sometimes, confrontation is necessary. However, I avoid it like the plague! There have been several times when I should have addressed things, but, instead, let them going without speaking up because I didn't want to cause conflict or confront anyone.
- I'm insecure - For example, I made this second list much more quickly than the first one. I have a terrible habit of comparing myself to others and I have a real jealous streak that I try to keep under control. I think it comes, mostly from a sense of insecurity. I have written before about dealing with psoriasis and the subsequent lack of self esteem. I always worry if people like me or if I am doing things in a way that is pleasing to others.
What are some of your strengths and weaknesses?? Do you see any of them reflected in your children??