The Busy Enthusiast

 My dh is taking this leadership academy course for work and his homework this past session was taking a personality test based on the Enneagram Institute study. SO FASCINATING! I’m not at all surprised of my own personality Type Seven, The Enthusiast

The Busy, Variety-Seeking type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Acquisitive, and Scattered

Type Seven in Brief

We have named this personality type The Enthusiast because Sevens are enthusiastic about almost everything that catches their attention. They approach life with curiosity, optimism, and a sense of adventure, like “kids in a candy store” who look at the world in wide-eyed, rapt anticipation of all the good things they are about to experience. They are bold and vivacious, pursuing what they want in life with a cheerful determination. They have a quality best described by the Yiddish word “chutzpah”—a kind of brash “nerviness.” Sevens are extroverted, optimistic, versatile, and spontaneous. Playful, high-spirited, and practical, they can also misapply their many talents, becoming over- extended, scattered, and undisciplined. They constantly seek new and exciting experiences, but can become distracted and exhausted by staying on the go. They typically have problems with impatience and impulsiveness. 

At their Best: they focus their talents on worthwhile goals, becoming appreciative, joyous, and satisfied.

ME TO A T!!! I love this. The book goes into more detail.

What really gets me though: “the Basic Desire of Sevens is to be satisfied, happy, and fulfilled, and when they are balanced within themselves, their joy and enthusiasm for life naturally affect everyone around them. They remind us of the pure pleasure of existence—the greatest gift of all.”

 

Definitely. 🙂

Go confidently …

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau

My friend just said this the other day and I’ve been thinking much about it. I want to live the life I imagine. The other day I watched something on netflix talking about the regrets people have on their deathbed and one of the regrets was not living the life they wanted. I’m still figuring out the details but I can assure you that I’m closer now than I have ever been. 

I think a leap might be in order…

Close to Home

This is an intensely personal post.

Last night the episode of Glee was on giving tribute to Cory Monteith’s death. I completely missed the first couple episode’s of the season, not realizing that the show was on. Honestly, I didn’t think it would come back. I don’t know why; I just think the death was so personal to the cast that they wouldn’t want to broadcast it on TV.

However, I suppose there’s a reason for the saying “the show must go on”…

I didn’t get home til late and watched the last 5 minutes. My gut wrenched like I knew it would. I cried, just like many people were at that very moment as well. However, I wasn’t crying just out of sympathy or empathy. 

I cried because just over ten years ago, I could have been Cory.

It’s hard to imagine my life had I continued down the destructive path of drug and alcohol addiction. No doubt I would have died at my own hand. For years, I struggled with demons in my head not knowing that there was a way out if I just gave myself a break. Being young and impressionable, I found a solution in the party life without a care in the world. And then when the party stopped being fun; the demons raged on.

One day someone said to me that I didn’t have to live that way anymore. That I didn’t have to feel the way I did anymore. And it was hard to believe. I hadn’t known any other way to feel and live for years. I didn’t know how to cope and honestly, each day is still hard for me to cope with, some days being easier than others.

I know that some people just think that drug addicts and alcoholics are a lost cause. Some of us may be. Some of us die. Yet, some of us live as well. If you know someone who is struggling with this affliction, please don’t look down upon them. There is something going on there that you may not understand, just as people who have a mental illness. There is treatment! Someone loved me enough to help me when I was young to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I can’t tell you how very grateful I am to be alive even when I didn’t think then that I wanted to be.

After finishing the episode today, I am saddened because not only is someone gone, but so is a piece of each person he had affected in his life. When things like this happen, I keep it close to my heart to remind myself of what could have been and what could be…

“Time,” the Cap…

“Time,” the Captain said, “is not what you think.” He sat down next to Eddie. “Dying? Not the end of everything. We think it is. But what happens on earth is only the beginning.”
― Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

This is now my favorite book. I don’t know why I hadn’t read it before. Probably my aversion to Heaven and whatnot (another time for that) but I’m in love with this book. So poignant; so relevant to what is going on in my life at the moment and every moment.  I’m also reading Tuesdays with Morrie and while I love it also, just not at much as Five People.

A friend of mine recently died. My whole community felt his influence somehow or another in their life and there is no doubt that he will continue to touch many lives. So much like ripples in a pond of many rocks being tossed in at various times…I’m not sad he is gone; I’m very grateful we crossed paths and a little bit of his light still shines in me.

What happens on earth is really the beginning. What we carry on in the spirit is timeless, limitless and ever expansive.

“Mindfulness is…

“Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly present with those around you and with what you are doing.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness

Love will teach…

Love will teach us values in life. It shows us that the things that count in life are never held in the hand but always in the heart. And people who are loving always live in the now.