Friday, December 28, 2007
Back and Bragging
Following a blogging break, I sometimes find it difficult to start up again - to come up with a subject.
A friend of mine (fellow blogger) suggested the following exercise:
“List your 10 best qualities…no matter how big or small, serious or not…as a feel good after Christmas task.”
(There can be a bit of a let-down after the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over…)
Not only did this exercise seem like a rather vain thing to do, it also seemed somewhat daunting. When I noted my reservations I was told, “It’s supposed to be hard for you.”
Okay. A challenge. One with a bonus – there are no rules.
And my friend was right. It was fun to do.
You’ll notice I tweaked the list requirements. Hey, no rules!
Why I Make A Good Friend
1. I’m the kind of person who will tell you if you have food in your teeth or a price tag hanging off your clothes.
2. If you are a really good friend of mine, I’ll go along with just about any hair-brained scheme you come up with. Even risk jail time. That’s what being a GOOD friend is all about.
3. I am capable of telling wonderful, creative white lies which I know from experience are very much appreciated by friend and foe alike.
4. I am generous to a fault. I’ll give you the clothes off my back. The fact that no one wants to wear my clothes does not make this gesture any less meaningful.
(I’m laughing as I write this. I finally understand the expression generous to a "fault.")
5. I have no inhibitions about singing or dancing - alone or in public. I happen to think this is a wonderful gift. It makes me happy. And it makes my friends laugh.
6. I will listen to you. This is a BIGGIE.
7. I am not afraid of the sight of blood. If you are bleeding, I won’t run away. And I carry band-aids in my purse. However, I confess I’m also the kind of person who might find it difficult to stifle a laugh if I see you trip and fall. But I will always make sure you are okay before I let loose with the guffaw.
8. If you want your privacy, I will respect that. But I find this very hard to do if I know you are sad.
9. I can keep secrets.
10. I truly can’t think of anything else so I’m going to throw modesty to the wind and for # 10 (blushingly) use a few of the words my friend suggested to start me on my list. I’m making them all one word. That way it qualifies as “one” item.
It’s not often we’re asked to contemplate what’s good about ourselves. This was definitely a “feel good task.” And it made me laugh.
Give it a try. And if you do it, post your answers.
P.S. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. We did. God bless my kids and family. (And Santa.)