Monday, June 4, 2012


I have some sort of throat infection today and not feeling to great.  That's life.  So I didn't get a workout in.  I did get some much needed stuff done around here though.  Tanks got emptied and flushed.  I called Open Range and the 'local' dealer in Ventura and scheduled for IRV to be taken in to get some things fixed prior to the warranty expiring.  We have some reasonably significant bubbling on the roof and a frayed slid out cable that need attention plus a few other things.  Did some research on a computer to replace the one that recently died.  The laptop will get us through, but isn't good enough with the photos for me to be comfortable and doesn't work as a multimedia center either.  So there.  Any excuse to spend more money.

OK, the last post about my less than stellar run got me thinking.  Well, a call from my Dad after the fact got me thinking.  That thought bled over into today.  One of the things that Sarah doesn't understand about why I sit on the computer as much as I do is my strong desire to acquire knowledge.  Now, don't get me wrong, Sarah is very smart and can/does acquire a ton of knowledge her own bad self.  What I am talking about also extends out into the books I read.  I love to acquire knowledge for the sake of knowing it.  Sarah is much more practical.  She wants to know how to do what she needs to know how to do.  The other stuff, while interesting, is just getting in the way of the other things she has to do.

I figured out a way, I think, to have her understand.  This acquisition of knowledge is how I plan.  See, I see her planning.  She figures out what needs to get done and plans on how to do it.  I gather as much knowledge about everything I can constantly so I can feel prepared for whatever happens.  She will logically plan out what she expects to happen, including likely eventualities, and then prepare for that.  It can be frustrating at times when one of us just doesn't get what or why the other is so worked up about something, but we are just preparing for something in the best way we determine.  Luckily we are both pretty accepting of what we don't understand because we trust the other to be doing what is best.  Works out nice that way.

How does all this relate to my previous post about mu run?  Glad I asked!

My father called and started talking about how what I wrote related to something about which he has a large body of knowledge.  MBTI which is, I believe, Meyers Briggs Type Indicator.  This is something of a fairly sophisticated personality test.  It grades on four different traits along a spectrum.  You fall somewhere in between two opposites on a scale.  The results of this test can suggest to you much information about how you take in and process information.  He noted that what might be difficult for me, and result in ego depletion, could be very different for someone who rates at a different place on one or more of those traits.  Makes sense right?  What is easy for me, might not be for you.  Even when it comes to what you are thinking about and what you notice.

All this draws to the conclusion that it is important to be self aware and know what and who you are.  This information will help you in all aspects of your life.  I'm not sure how you go about taking the MBTI test if your Dad isn't qualified to administer it or if they don't do it for you where you work.  Maybe I will remember to ask him next time I talk to him. 

I think Shakespeare summed it up more succinctly, "Remember this, above all else, to thine own self be true."  I am actually paraphrasing.  If you are true to yourself especially about yourself then you will know more about yourself.  Which is very helpful.  He may have said it better, but it's my blog and he's dead.  So there.

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