When I was a little girl, my family moved every few years. I lived in Illinois, California, Arizona, Libya, Texas, Washington D.C. Libya (again), Maryland, Virginia, and Iran. By the time I graduated from high school, I had attended eight different schools. For a dreamy introverted child, this made it very difficult to make friends. My mother, an extrovert, made it easier. She made friends easily and enjoyed entertaining, so she often made sure I had friends soon after we moved to a new place. As a child, I cannot say I appreciated the rewards of her friendly nature.
When I was nine, we moved to a small subdivision in Maryland. There was a club house with a place for children to play. My mother decided it was time for me to make some friends, so she went to the club house and gathered up a few children and brought them home. When I looked out our kitchen window and saw her coming up the long driveway, I was mortified. Now I look back and realize her friendly, vibrant personality made our home a fun and happy place to live.
I look back at those halcyon days and realize that personality plays a huge role in how we perceive, feel about, and react to things that happen in our lives. As a teacher, I think it is important to understand the personalities of the children I teach. The dreamer sitting in the corner of the room may tune out all that is happening around the room. The child who talks nonstop may need the interaction to solidify what he or she learns. Please click on the link below to take the personality quiz; additionally, after you have determined your personality type, I hope you will look up your personality type. For example, if you are an INFP, do a google search "INFP personality type". You will be surprised!
Pearls take time to form; likewise, our words should be chosen carefully and with thought.