Thursday, February 01, 2007

Nice to meet you!

Yesterday was a day of meetings and getting to know new people, and today already I've answered a half-dozen emails from a wide range of inquirers. I ask myself sometimes, why am I so fascinated with other people? Why do I love to engage so much?

I took the StrengthsFinder test a while back. (You can take the test if you get the code from one of the StrengthsFinder books.) Here's a shortened version of what it told me about myself:

You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other themes and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process of learning. The process, more than the content or the result, is especially exciting for you. You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence.

Your Achiever theme helps explain your drive. … You feel as if every day starts at zero. By the end of the day you must achieve something tangible in order to feel good about yourself. … You have an internal fire burning inside you. It pushes you to do more, to achieve more. After each accomplishment is reached, the fire dwindles for a moment, but very soon it rekindles itself, forcing you toward the next accomplishment.

Your Individualization theme leads you to be intrigued by the unique qualities of each person. You are impatient with generalizations or "types" because you don't want to obscure what is special and distinct about each person. … You hear the one-of-a-kind stories in each person's life. … Because you are such a keen observer of other people's strengths, you can draw out the best in each person. This Individualization theme also helps you build productive teams.

Woo stands for "winning others over." You enjoy the challenge of meeting new people and getting them to like you. Strangers are rarely intimidating to you. On the contrary, strangers can be energizing. You are drawn to them. You want to learn their names, ask them questions, and find some area of common interest so that you can strike up a conversation and build rapport. … In your world there are no strangers, only friends you haven't met yet—lots of them.

You are inquisitive. … The world is exciting precisely because of its infinite variety and complexity. If you read a great deal, it is not necessarily to refine your theories but, rather, to add more information to your archives. If you like to travel, it is because each new location offers novel artifacts and facts. … It's interesting. It keeps your mind fresh. And perhaps one day some of it will prove valuable.

Well, that explains it then!

To me, all the wide myriad of this human world is just a slice of the infinite nature of divine Mind. I eagerly drink it up in this world because I'm convinced everything worthy and beautiful has its spiritual counterpart, and I want to be able to recognize it when I get there. Each person I connect with is a unique expression of the Divine, so in getting to know them—you!—I'm getting to know Spirit better.

I believe we've all been created to know the whole of creation as well as we know ourselves. We're connected, we're coexistent, we're one—with each other and with God.

So hey, it's nice to meet you!

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