Electronic Pats on the Back

QuizzesThose who know me are quite aware I love Facebook.  It does not consume me but I spend a hour or so a day on it keeping up with friends, looking at the news, and having a little fun.

At the moment we are preparing for a federal election in Canada and I have also been known to be quite vocal about my views on Facebook.  I’ve even been threatened with unfriending.  I’m such a political animal and way too opinionated some times.

One of the fun things I do on Facebook – usually reserved for the weekend – is take a quiz or two.  Some of them want you to post before you will find out the answer and I won’t do those because I’m afraid of what they might put up.  There are several though that give you instant results and which provide not only entertainment but have the wonderful capacity to make you feel good about yourself.

(It just occurred to me that it could be it tells the horrible people (like a former boss) what jerks they are but I doubt it.  Unfortunately they are likely lead to believe they are wonderful too.  Sad.  They should have a narcissist filter. )

At any rate for me it is a bit of levity in the day.  Yesterday I took one quiz which was questions from an SAT English test.  We don’t do standardized tests in Canada for University applications so I’d never done one before.  This particular test was determining ability in the English language.  I’m pleased to announce that I passed it with flying colours and am somewhat of an expert.  That quiz is on a site called Quiz Freak and when you get there you can move on to all sorts of other quizzes.  I try to limit myself to only two or three per weekend but one could likely spend the entire weekend there.

For the cause of this blog I took two other quizzes today.  One was from a site called nametests.com.  Here you can discover all sorts of things you didn’t really need to know like, when will your friends get married, which one of your friends will live longest, and what your friends say about you.  Today’s test was about what my profile picture says about me.  I’m sure this, like many others, just has a “pick it out of a hat” approach and if I had “Freddie” as my profile picture it would still have told me the same thing.  No matter, even Freddie might like to hear he is “an everyday hero, the epitome of perfection…always prepared.”

Some of my favourites are from QuizDoo.  Here you can find out which TV Mom you are most like and how much of a hippie you are.  Today I found out that My Medieval Job would have been “A Knight”.  This was a great discovery.  I have always felt a like a bit of Joan of Arc and although wearing all that armour might be cumbersome there is something very appealing about saving the world.  The comments said I am, “brave, loyal, chivalrous, …keep my word and that retaining my honour is what I am about.  I also have a “heart for exploring” and “get excited by new adventure”.

All of this is true I suppose but I have no idea how they figured it out with only 10 questions.

(I should try to answer them as if I think like that former boss and see what it says it then…but I don’t think I could possibly think like that so I won’t bother. )

So if you need a little pat on the back you can always turn to Facebook.

Perhaps if you find someone else doing lots of these and posting the results you might try giving them a real pat on the back.  They may be in need of one.

Be sure to let the people around you know how much you care and appreciate them without using Facebook to do it.

Have a wonderful Labour Day Weekend.  I’ll see you Tuesday.


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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