Monday, August 01, 2011
i thought that was interesting. and, as i was talking on the phone tonight with a friend about leadership skills and the like, i thought of how i don't think i really work like that. i think i develop my interpersonal skills through a more holistic approach of observation and practice, rather that through a book written by a corporate strategist or even a behavioral psychologist. not that i have anything against such approaches; it's just not my thing.
i was thinking, too, about how i'm often asked what my opinion is on a subject and how i will often fumble and stumble for an answer, usually delivering an anemic response (again, such happened tonight). it's made me wonder if i'm bland or wishy-washy, if i really don't have many opinions, if there's not much underneath me, if i need to be bolder and more determined in who i am, what i stand for, and what i want.
no, i don't think so.
first, i do have opinions. a lot of them get voiced here. and i think i have many more feelings, thoughts, and stances on issues but i don't have them readily eloquated. that's frustrating at times but i'm working at it, i suppose.
sometimes i think i may be afraid to say what i think for fear of saying the wrong thing, for coming across too extreme on one side of an issue or the other, particularly in issues where my feelings aren't clearly formulated and so i'm wary of saying something that will be misunderstood and portray me in a way different from how i feel or perhaps immovably opinionated about an issue that, while i have some thoughts on it, are hardly definitive or non-negotiable.
further, i think that i don't often have responses ready when people ask me what i think is because i've been spending my time, not thinking about what i think about what they think, but simply listening. and so i need time to then gather and formulate my own thoughts. i'm not very good about keeping my opinions on-demand. i'd like to be, though. although i'm ok with being more ponderous, of thinking about what i think about something, and of rethinking my position each time, since new information and new understandings may have come since the last time i shared my thoughts.
by nature, i'm a peacemaker. i'm usually not afraid to get a little messy if it will lead to a better healing in the end. i don't like people who are overly active, who always have to be doing things and setting goals, who can't sit back and just let it be. but i'm very afraid of being boring, of being dull, of being discarded because i come across as uninteresting or aimless.
this post is mostly just a by-product of talking on the phone tonight; a hodgepodge of thoughts and ponderances. i'm tempted to schedule it for some time tomorrow morning, but i think i'll just put it up now and get to bed.