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Weekly Favorite Links (March 19-25, 2015)

I miss fall.

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I recently took an assessment test for work. Ever since I discovered the Myers-Briggs test several years ago, I’ve been intrigued with taking personality assessments and learning more about myself. It’s interesting that there’s still so much to unravel about my personality as I get older, including all my strengths and weaknesses. It surprises me that there are parts about myself that remain a mystery, and will only be revealed over time. After all, we’re constantly maturing and changing, too.

Before taking the test, there were certain traits that I sort of knew I had, but it wasn’t until after the report came out that there was greater awareness and clarity in terms of pinpointing exactly what some of those traits were. One of the newfound realizations from that assessment, though, was that I’m very adaptable in social situations and am always eager to assist others. This could be an asset and a weakness. It’s a strength in situations where it involves caring and serving people, and making sure that all their needs are taken care of. I have a pretty assertive and proactive nature; I’m unafraid of taking initiatives in any environment. On the flip side, it can be a potential weakness when it comes to conflicts and confrontations, depending on the circumstances.

I tend to anticipate possible issues and will want to do my best to deter them. In situations where conflicts do arise, my first instinct tells me to run and avoid all possible conflicts, even if I know in my head that it’d be better for me to take care of things as soon as possible. Or I’ll withhold speaking my mind and sharing my personal thoughts in order to avoid conflicts, thereby preventing any sort of negative impact on others. I guess another way of looking at it, perhaps from a more scriptural standpoint, is that I fear man and want to please man. I am afraid of ruffling feathers, afraid of failing to meet the expectations of people — even random strangers. My pride gets the best of me and I seek to preserve my image. I will adapt to cater to people because I want them to affirm and praise me, and I get anxious when it’s a challenge to do so.

Taking this assessment was a blessing because it helped me recognize areas that I needed further growth in. Thankfully, the realizations also came at the perfect time, since I was being thrust into situations where I just. couldn’t. please. everyone. But through this learning experience, I’ve come to appreciate the help of wiser, older family and friends on how to confront and deal with conflicts, even if it’s hard. Now that it’s all passed, I can look back and praise God for how blessed I am for having gone through that entire difficult, complicated ordeal. God is so good. Why do I ever doubt that truth in the first place?

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Weekly Favorite Links (March 12-18, 2015)

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Guys, I think I’m having a semi-midlife crisis. But I don’t think I’m even old enough to be in a midlife crisis. Except my body may be thinking that I’m older than my actual age ’cause my hair’s been turning a bit more grayish-black lately. So I’ve been told. Or maybe it’s just the sunlight or angle of lighting. It might not even be anything and now I’m just rambling nonsense.

So perhaps it’s not really a so-called midlife crisis then. Just an omgoodness-what-am-I-going-to-do-for-the-rest-of-my-life moment. I spent several days re-thinking my short-term life goals and came up a bit short (pun sort of intended). I realized that I’m not sure what I absolutely want to accomplish over the next couple of years and it kind of stressed me out. It’s not anything new under the sun, and I suppose everyone goes through this once in a while. However, knowing that this was something that I needed to pray and work through didn’t make it all the less daunting and nerve-wracking.

As of now, I think I’ve come to terms with not knowing exactly what I want to do with my life. I kind of already touched upon this last week, but sometimes I just want immediate answers from God without enjoying the process that He puts me through. There is much wisdom in waiting upon the Lord instead of scrambling to find answers. I’m by no means suggesting that planning ahead is a bad thing, or that setting aside time to figure out options and career choices is unwise — on the contrary, I’m thankful that this identity crisis forced me to ask myself those questions. Still, I must remember to embrace God’s sovereignty and learn that it is perfectly fine to not have my life wonderfully mapped out. Because c’mon now, I don’t even know what will happen to me tomorrow, much less the rest of my life.

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