Monday, July 30, 2007

10 Things I Like About Me

Bub & Pie wrote a great piece yesterday about the mirror, which I totally relate to. She also completed a meme assigning her to write ten things she likes about herself. She did a great job and also stole a bunch of my answers! Okay, I guess she couldn't really steal my answers, since she did it first. But then she tagged me, so I'm going to give it a shot.

Ten things that I like about myself.

The tough thing is to just write the nice things. Not balance with a flaw within every attribute. Not self-deprecate in any way? Challenge!

The other angle that makes this post tricky is that things I like about myself may be things that really only I even care about. So what fun is it to write said things down, when really - it's all subjective, yes?

Okay, I'm stalling...

Here goes:
  1. I like that I am forgiving. People who have angered me in the past are not forever on my hit list. I don't even have a hit list. I don't seek revenge, I don't hold grudges, I don't confront.
  2. I stay calm in stressful situations more often than not. I don't over-react and tend to find it easier to stay calm.
  3. When something I care about is being jeopardized, or someone I care about is being hurt, I can rise to the occasion and speak my mind. I stand up for what I believe in (calmly) and tend to have people's best interest at heart.
  4. I have a good eye for space and color. I can see how I want to arrange a room before I start. I am good at picking out paint colors. I have good visual-spatial reasoning.
  5. I am a good listener.
  6. I am accepting of difference. People always say to me, "Oh, I don't know how you do it.", or, "You are a saint." because I teach special education. I feel that the students I teach are the very best students in the whole school and that people with special needs or exceptionalities have taught me just as much as I have ever taught them.
  7. I am a good advocate for people with disabilities.
  8. I am optimistic.
  9. I'm quick to smile.
  10. I will do my best to help someone if it's at all possible.

Ack. That was more uncomfortable than I thought it would be! So I'll add 5 things I don't like about myself, just for good measure.

  1. I'm a terrible housekeeper.
  2. I lose my patience with my kids over silly things when I'm too tired. And sometimes even when I'm fully rested.
  3. I am a chronic procrastinator.
  4. I can't seem to stick to any diet/exercise plan that I've started and have 40 lbs of baby weight left to prove it.
  5. I don't have a lot of energy on any given day. I prefer quieter activities (reading, watching movies, blogging) to the things I need to do to improve my housekeeping, diet, and exercise short-comings!

So that's that. Now a tag: Beck? Alpha Dogma? Mimi? C'mon now - give it a try. And see if you can do it with an absence of any dislikes. (note the strain)

Good luck!


Beck said...

Ah! A meme! And I've been fearing this one, too.
But I'll do it for you, sister. I was planning on having a meme catch-up day tomorrow, so look for it then!

Midwest Beach Girl said...

Man, we could start a procrastination club! I think that I could fight you for the title of president, though working from home has limited my procrastinating finesse now. Hope all is well in HP world and GO YOU with the couch to 5K. How are you hanging in there?

Jacqniel said...

I agree with everything you wrote. You didn't need to put the disclaimer in there - I think you are wonderful!
Didn't get you called today - I will be home most of tomorrow, I think. Give me a call if you want the book!

Mimi said...

Ack! Okay. I'll do it ... it'll be hard .... but I loves me a challenge. Good list, btw!

mcewen said...

Good for you! The perfect qualities for a teacher, spec ed or otherwise, and as a bonus, also the perfect qualities to extract the best out of life.
Best wishes

Alpha DogMa said...

Oh thank god. Cos I'm bereft of blog fodder that doesn't involve histronics about my life of wasted potential and the faint chance of illness. Yes, I'm very dramatic - I blame my strict tv-viewing diet of Dallas. Now if you will excuse me I've got to see Miss Ellie about turning Southfork into a shoulder pad factory. Shoulder pads - ah, don't ya just miss the 80s.

But first, I insist you go back and delete the bad things you said about yourself. Silly girl, procrastination if a virtue. Makes the Type As feel really good about themselves.

bubandpie said...

Hehe. I snuck in a few flaws along the way (and I deleted even more from my original draft).

I'm so jealous of #4. I would love to have that intuitive sense of space and decor.

And #6 - you are awesome.

Omaha Mama said...

The bad things I wrote make me feel more human. I don't like feeling self-righteous, it makes me twitch.

And drama - you wanna talk drama? I've read 6 Harry Potter books in two weeks. I'm sure that any minute evil is going to over-take our house and I'll be forced to use the magic I've learned!

Michelle said...

great list! You didn't have to counter it w/5 things you don't like though! LOL

I'm also a procrastinator and don't have much energy either!

Since you have a good eye for color and space would you like to come decorate my house?! LOL