Monday, July 11, 2011

Comfort Zones

Every time I leave my house I am out of my comfort zone. Why do I feel like this? I am an introvert in an extroverted world. I am an intuitive person in a “show me the data” business environment. I make most of my decisions based on what I believe to be the right thing to do and I determine “the right thing to do ” through my personal standards of morality and what I believe to be right and wrong. This sometimes goes against other people’s rules. Finally, I strive to respond rather than overreact or have knee jerk responses in a world where everything starts as “urgent” because of our incessant need for instant gratification and responses. In order to survive in the world I have learned to be outgoing and friendly when I would rather be alone. I have trained myself to be logical and analytical when it comes to data and information and I will follow most rules unless I think they cause more harm than good. When something is truly urgent I can kick it up a notch or two and respond in an appropriate manner. I’m sure all of you feel some tension in the way you interact with the world even if it doesn’t manifest itself in the same way as it does for me. The challenge is finding a balance between who you are and who you need to be to meet the demands of your life. When I am home in my castle I can be more true to myself and who I am but even there I must make adjustments and compromises to live in peace and harmony with my family. What I believe is very important, however, is that you don’t totally suppress or deny who you are just to make other people happy. At the same time I don’t support some people people’s mentality that “I am who I am, now deal with me”. The goal should be to not only recognize who we are and what we have to offer but to also see the uniqueness and gifts of others.

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