I have taken many self assessment surveys over the years and most of them consistently and accurately describe me. One of the most insightful ones was the Clifton Strengths Finder by The Gallop Organization. The assessment identifies my top five talents and strengths upon which to build. My signature themes were:
INPUT – You collect words, facts, books, and quotations. You read a great deal, not always to refine your theories, but rather to add more information to your archives.
The anecdotal evidence of this is:
- When the children were young and in school, we would purposefully engage in academic topics around the dinner table. Nine times out of ten, I could walk to my library and pull the relevant book off the shelf to make my point that knowledge is real and relevant and important. Greek mythology and the Trojan Horse come to mind!
- I love vocabulary which drives Russ crazy. I hear words in everyday conversation that he does not. And he is perfectly fine with that, and this drives ME crazy!!! I remember 35 years ago running across the word “bucolic” in a magazine. I made some comment and Russ challenged me on the meaning. I got out of bed, grabbed my dictionary and read him the definition. Well……..he laughed and was sure that no one ever used that word and it was entirely useless knowledge in everyday life. Well, the truth is, he ran across that word many times in the next few weeks. He graciously ate his words and to this day, he will occasionally tell me if he saw a particular setting that struck him as bucolic. His definition is “sheep on a hillside”. It is the only word I have taught him in all these years! hahaha.
- I have failed, however, to impress upon my dear husband what author wrote The Tale of Two Cities with these opening and closing lines>>> “It was the best of times and the worst of times.” and “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”
And, Dear Reader, just what were the two cities in the Tale of Two Cities??????????????