Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The Stuart Smalley Meme

I was tagged for this meme by Berrybird over at Lake Loop. It is like many of the other list meme going around except for one little twist: this list of ten things has to be ten things you like about yourself. This is quite a challenge for me because like Berrybird, I've been feeling a bit poopy of late. I too could use a boost.

I should be doing something important. Like sleeping. Or cleaning. Or a thousand other things, but hey, why not? That's what they make tomorrow for. So here goes:

1)I like the fact that I am smart. As I am aging, I sometimes fear that I am less smart than I used to be, but I am still pretty smart. I'm really glad. It's allowed me to excel at school and at work. It's allowed me to learn things I want to know fairly readily. As Berrybird pointed out, there are different kinds of intelligences, I am happy with the kinds I have. I love my love of learning and my curiosity.

2)Creativity: I am so happy to be creative. I am a creative cook; creativity touches nearly every aspect of my life. I am a poet, a writer, a photographer, and artist and an editor. And glad of it.

3)Intensity: I am a very intense person. I feel deeply, cry hard, laugh loudly, get very angry, play hard, concentrate deeply. Sometimes it gets me in trouble, but mostly, I like it. I'm glad, because it makes me feel ALIVE.

4)Strength: I have a great deal of physical and emotional strength, for which I am grateful.

5)Love: I have lots of love in my life. I have a loving husband and loving children, a loving extended family and loving friends. Like Berrybird, I am grateful for my loving family and friends and know not everyone has that good fortune. I am glad that I appreciate them all and don't take them for granted. And I am glad that I'm a loving person able to respond lovingly to others.

6)I am grateful for my ability to appreciate beauty. My appreciation of beauty is so intense it almost hurts and it resonates in me like a song. I'm glad I love natural beauty, music, art, dance and poetry. I love opera, and I'm glad of it!

7)My facility, knowledge and skills with the outdoors and with plants. I'm copying Berrybird here, because it was such a match. I always had an easy time learning plants, although to be honest, I struggle with what I call horts, or the landscaping plants, the weird hybrids and such. Maybe because I don’t find them while walking around in the woods or maybe just because I don't find them quite as interesting and engaging. I like my outdoor interests and skills. I used to teach survival skills and orienteering and nature stuff. I was a naturalist. I loved it and my interest expertise in those areas. I was a mountain climber, camper, snowshoer, skier and am glad of it!

8)I like my eyes, too. They are hazel, forest greens and browns. Perfect.

9)Copying Berrybird again: I do appreciate my civic-mindedness. I too have voted in every election since I was able to vote, and that was a lot of elections! And I am an environmentalist. I may not be perfect, but at least I care and am working at it. I like helping people whenever I reasonably can.

10)I'm glad I'm a reader. I have so much fun and learn so much from books. And, I'm glad I'm a writer, because it is fun and challenging. I love my love of books.

Oh, and now I have to tag people. This will be hard, because I don't have a very big readership. I tag jo(e), Marie, hpy, Blue Rose, Lupo Grigio and Pam if they haven't already been tagged, as well as anyone else reading this who wants to play along.


Lupo Grigio said...

OK, I did it, even though I hate memes.

hpy said...

Done. (I could have written much like you, but I tried to do it in an other way - even though I'm smart and creative too...)

BerryBird said...

Wow! You are fast. Good list, too. I knew we'd have many points in common.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thank you Lupo Grigio and hpy for your amazingly fast response. I did mine before bed last night and woke up to find two already done! WOW!

And thank you Berrybird for your comment. I was lying in bed last night thinking I sounded like I was bragging and wanted to do the ten things I dislike about myself to balance the picture a little, LOL!

Nadine said...

You do have very nice hazel eyes. Good job with the list. I'm a tad intimidated to try mine.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

My Mom had nice hazel eyes, too! :-D

Thanks for the comment; I'll be looking forward to your list. YAY!

bluerose9062 said...

Oh wow, this is a first for me. Give me a couple of days. This is going to be hard.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks Blue Rose! I'll be looking forward to it. YAY! I'm sure it will be thoughtful, becasue that's one of the things I like about you! :-D

bluerose9062 said...

You're so sweet. I don't know how thoughtful it is, but it's done, and I must admit I had fun. It does pick you up to do positive things like that.

BerryBird said...

You don't need to list 10 negative things to bring balance... we all dwell on those too much already. The point of *this* is to bring balance.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

But I feel like I'm bragging about myself and people will think I'm conceited.

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