Who Am I Anyway

Peg Pencil drawingIn two separate assignments today I am exploring the “Who I Am” problem.  For some of the more narcissistic folks like Donald Trump, it may not be an issue to explore the redeeming and endearing qualities of self but for me and others who hate writing resumes, it is a major chore.

The Blogging 101 assignment is to improve my “About” page which you will find if you click on the word “about” at the top of my page under the blog title.  I am to make the reader and search engines want to seek me out and discover what wonderful wisdom I have for the world.  Because my blog is not about any particular topic but is rather my musings I need to introduce who I am and what my passions may bring to the writing.  It meant changing a rather generic job description type of introduction of myself to a more interesting character sketch.

The project for the course application is far more difficult.  It is supposed to be a reflection of the qualities which make a good candidate for the Ontario Jubilee program for Spiritual Direction.

In the last portion of the training for this I learned about the Enneagram and that I, and many of my fellow travelers are “Nines”. That means we are the “easy going, self- effacing types: receptive, reassuring, agreeable and complacent.  Simply put it means we would rather be helping some else than anything and for us humility can be as much a fault as a virtue.

In my seeking for input for this course I asked a few dear friends and colleagues to offer their opinions and I was pleased to hear their overwhelming agreement that I am an exceptional listener who holds people capable of their own solutions and is compassionate toward their struggles.  There was also agreement about my faults which seemed to centre around my lack of skill in recognizing and caring for my own needs.

The finished product for the second work today is yet to be seen but I don’t think it will hit the light of day except to those I seek approval from for entry into the course.  Some of it may be foundational to the Spiritual Direction pamphlet I will have to develop before finishing the course next fall.

All of this introspection and inspection of myself has made for a very taxing day. I’m going to do something mindless like watch a movie for a while.

Your insights are welcome.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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