Equip + Inspire: An Introduction



There was a time when I got hooked on taking personality tests. I just had this incredible hunger to know and interpret myself, partly in the spirit of Paul Ricoeur's narrative framework to make sense of the complex human experience.

I took several online Myers-Briggs-like tests and read many definitions of the four-letter types before I finally concluded that I'm an INFJ. My INFJ-ness was also confirmed by the Strengths Finder test ,which I took with Carlo a couple years ago.

My top 5 strengths are Connectedness , Learner, Intellection, Input, and Empathy. Having Learner and Intellection as strengths means that I always have to be feeding myself with new information. This fits well with my introversion since I could spend hours just reading, writing, mulling over ideas, and/or learning something new. In addition to learning new things and thinking about ideas, I file them away for use in the future. Thus, I also love to categorize/organize this stored knowledge. Empathy is best exercised in real life settings and this again fits with my introversion. Small talk would be the death of me but expect me to listen intently and deeply when we talk about your story. Understanding myself a bit better gives me deep satisfaction. Knowing why I do what I do and what really excites me saves me a lot of frustration, and it also keeps me from being someone that I'm not.

And so, to honor, enrich, and operate in my strengths and personality, I came up with this bi-monthly or monthly roundup I'm dubbing EQUIP + INSPIRE. Since 2016 started, I noticed that I've been setting aside more time to engage in things that teach, challenge, and inspire me. This is in addition to my morning time with the Lord. By blogging about it, it is simultaneously a nurturing of and activation of who I am. To further illustrate what I'm attempting to do, the very act of blogging activates my Learner, Intellection, and Input strengths.

The Learner watches a video, listens to a podcast or an album, reads, and tries new things.
Intellection thinks and reflects further.
Input files away in categories, so that
Empathy and Connectedness can listen and share these new things for growth and delight, which also feeds the Learner theme. 

Like I said, my personal Equip + Inspire time begins with my morning time with the Lord. As I walk with him throughout the day, I also reflect on the gifts, desires, interests, strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities he gave me specifically. No matter what permutation my personality traits take, the goal is always the same: personal growth and seeing others grow into their God-given potential, too.

Equip + Inspire will then be a mix of books, articles, art, sermons, podcasts, links, and a bunch of other resources that, well, equip and inspire me. I hope that my personal project will be of help to you, as well.

Equip + Inspire No.1 will be posted this coming week so stay tuned!

Growing in grace,

Patricia

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