In 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.