I was standing in line at Chipotle, waiting my turn to place my order. No matter what time I go, there always seems to be a line. The man in front of me had a list and was ordering meals to-go for his entire family. When he got to the register, he looked over at me and told the cashier, “Add her meal to my bill.”
I immediately said, “That’s so nice of you, but you don’t have to do that.” He replied, “I want to. Sorry for the extra wait.” I was still in shock, but thanked him, and walked out the door with a smile on my face and my free Chipotle dinner in hand.
This complete stranger had no idea of the long day that I had, but because of his random act of kindness, I ended that day feeling joyful.
Happy New Year! For many people, January means making New Year’s resolutions....and then breaking them days, weeks, or months later. I used to be one of these people, but five years ago I decided to make a change.
Instead of resolutions, I simply picked one word to focus on for the entire year. I saw such positive results, that I have continued selecting a new word each year.
Here are my words from previous years:
I feel like I’m running in circles
There’s no end in sight
I feel like I need some closure
To get this off of my mind
The past is now behind me
But I still feel like it defines me
How can I move on
It’s been so long
In the midst of my weakness
You are strong
In the midst of my trials
You help me hold on
In the midst of confusion
You bring clarity
In the midst of the darkness
You help me to see
One of the inventions I’m most thankful for is GPS. Being directionally challenged, driving to new or unfamiliar places can cause me to feel a little anxious....even with a GPS.
I still remember how excited I was years ago when I got my first navigation system for my car – a TomTom. Even though I heard the word “recalculating” a lot (when I missed a turn), I felt a sense of security knowing that this little device decreased the likelihood of me getting completely lost.
Now, instead of a TomTom, I typically use the navigation system built into my car, Google Maps, or Waze. Recently, I was in an unfamiliar area and was about to leave to go home. It was dark out, and I was in the middle of the country. I clicked “Go Home” on my GPS and started to follow the soothing voice that was giving me directions.
Years ago, when I was going through a leadership training, part of the training required us to take the Myers-Briggs personality test. Through this test, I discovered that I am an ISFJ: The Nurturer.
I wasn’t sure what that meant, but when I read the description I was surprised at how well it described me. And for the first time, I realized that as an introvert, I have just as much to offer the world as an extrovert. I no longer saw being an introvert as a weakness, but a strength. As a quiet observer, I often pick up on subtle non-verbal cues, and I can usually sense how others are feeling.
I’ve known for years that I am an ISFJ, but several months ago I heard about something called the Enneagram. According to the Enneagram, an ancient personality tool, there are 9 different personality types. Knowing your personality type will help you understand why you think, feel, and behave in certain ways.
Here’s a fun infographic about the Enneagram:
I'm an ordinary introvert who loves an extraordinary God.