Thursday, August 25, 2011

Love, according to children

Actual Children’s Answers to The Question “What Is Love?”


“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” - Chrissy, age 6

Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” - Terri, age 4

“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” - Danny, age 7

“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss.” - Emily, age 8

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” - Bobby, age 7

If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,” - Nikka, age 6

“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” - Noelle, age 7

Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.” - Tommy, age 6

“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.” - Cindy, age 8

My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.” - Clare, age 6

“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.” - Elaine, age 5

“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Brad Pitt.” - Chris, age 7

“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” - Mary Ann, age 4

“I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” - Lauren, age 4

“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” - Rebecca, age 8

When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” - Karen, age 7

You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” - Jessica, age 8

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fellow Bloggers on Love + my usual randomness ;)

I finished my 3rd summer class this week! 
*is very happy* 
:)
It means, though, that I haven't had a lot of time for blogging... so in lieu of that, here are a few posts I've read recently. :)





Amen!


 And I have to say that I love this, considering how extraordinarily I've fallen in love with that grace over the past year.

And this just made me laugh...
To see more of these lovely wallpapers, go here!

And another wallpaper... I'm workin' on it...

and then this... despite the awkward way it catches my sometimes-editorial mind, I have to love it - because, for me, feathers and love go together. (I'm planning to write a post on that... as soon as I begin understanding faith.)
Otherwise... I now have two weeks off before fall semester - the first two weeks I've had off from school all summer. 
*is very happy indeed*
See, I now have two years of college done, and am starting on my third - though I'm technically only a sophomore.
*is outrageously pleased*


Anyway, there are an incredible amount of things I want to fit into the next 15 days... so many books I want to read, so much I want to write about, so many things I want to do with my family... I might go out of the country for a couple days, which should be nice - particularly since I shan't be bringing any school books. :D 

But this summer has been fairly splendid so far, with a couple weekends that absolutely made it so. :D How has yours gone?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I love this quote...

not my picture
We long to find someone who has been where we've been, who shares our fragile skies, who sees our sunsets with the same shades of blue. 
~ Beth Moore

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I've come to realize...

I've seen this in a few places now, and for some strange reason wanted to do it myself... it felt like a shorter tag, which is rather weird, but anyway. :D



1. I've come to realize that my hair:
has a life of its own and I really need to get used to that. :)

2. I've come to realize that when I talk:
I need to sound like I know what I'm talking about - 'cause I usually do, no matter how often I second-guess myself.

3. I've come to realize that if I make a mistake:
It's not like somebody died (well, yet, anyway. :P), and it's something that everybody does. *choke* I need to quit being such a perfectionist...

4. I've come to realize that all I really need:
is God. I want many things - but He is All that defines life. Without Him, life would cease to exhist.

5. I've come to realize that I've lost:
things I never knew I could have... but living without them has made me who I am.

6. I've come to realize that I hate:
that which destroys love.

7. I've come to realize that money:
is something I somehow never seem to have. At all. Maybe I should get a job?

8. I've come to realize that when I get old:
I want to know that I have followed the call of my Lord.

9. I've come to realize that I'll always be:
a lover of stories.

10. I've come to realize that I have a crush on:
multiple incredible fictional characters... *blush* They're all literary crushes... lol

11. I've come to realize that the last time I cried:
I very quickly forgot when that was.

12. I've come to realize that my cell phone:
is very nearly the cheapest piece of plastic in the universe. It's emergency use only.

13. I've come to realize that when I wake up in the morning:
I want to jump up and down for joy when I don't have school that day. :D

14. I've come to realize that before I go to sleep at night I:
am usually too tired to see straight.

15. I've come to realize that right now I am thinking about:
the o-chem  quiz I have tomorrow morning...
 
16. I've come to realize that my life:
is not my own, bought with a price, and the circumstances in it are part of a master plan that is good.

17. I've come to realize that when I get on Facebook:
I will finally be able to keep track of my brother's lives... they are on FB more than they talk, lol. And when that happens, the world will probably be close to ending - every time I think I will get an account something happens to change my mind. :P

18. I've come to realize that today I will:
study o-chem, of course.

19. I've come to realize that tonight I will:
hopefully get a good night's sleep... otherwise my quiz has the distinct possibility of going horribly. :P
 
20. I've come to realize that tomorrow I will:
take an o-chem quiz, of course! Haven't you been listening? :D

21. I've come to realize that I really want to:
not miss what what I was born to do.

22. I've come to realize that I really dislike:
not being able to understand someone.

23. I've come to realize that relationships are:
vital to life? not having them... is not living.

24. I've come to realize love:
is the most important thing in all creation - without it, there is nothing good or beautiful.

25. I've come to realize my best guy friend(s):
are 3 blokes called brothers - who are so incredibly different from each other it blows me away. I'm not sure they could all three get more different... :)

26. I've come to realize my best girl friend(s):
are absolutely indispensable. And I mean that for real.

27. I've come to realize food:
is probably the most incredibly irritating thing that is necessary to life. Even more than little brothers. JK! But thinking of how much of life goes into FOOD makes me annoyed. It's as bad as sleeping...

28: I've come to realize that this summer:
is almost done! Ahhhh!

29. I've come to realize heartbreaks:
absolutely the most horrible and painful things on earth, no matter what (or who) causes them. And watching them hurts me worst.

30. I've come to realize that my parents:
are the reason I am the person I am - an' I love 'em. :)

31. I've come to realize that my sister(s)/brother(s):
are pretty awesome, in general. :)

32. I've come to realize that crying:
comes easily to me when I am hurt (not necessarily as in "ow" hurt... though I'm not saying I'm not a wimp, lol).

33. I've come to realize that death:
is something gone wrong with the universe... something every cell in our body fights and something our spirit rebels against... and something my Savior experienced so that my death would not have to be eternal.

34. I've come to realize that if I'm sick:
I am of absolutely no use whatsoever. I hate and despise it horribly. :P

35. I've come to realize when I'm bored:
an exceeding rare phenomenon has occurred, one which is worthy of note.

36. I've come to realize that my sibling(s):
didn't I already say something about them? :) Okay, they... can be incredible. Incredibly smart, incredibly dumb, incredibly awesome, incredibly mean... same as everybody else, only magnified like 10 times more because we share the same blood and often the same house. 

37. I've come to realize that work:
can be irritating or it can be fun. You just have to find something that others call work that you can't help but do. It also - ahem - brings in money, generally. :P

38. I've come to realize that family:
what makes you who you are. Without them, you are baseless, groundless.

39. I've come to realize when I go shopping:
I never have money to spend on myself... and I hate making other people spend money on me. It's a generally unpleasant experience - unless I manage to find something I really like that's really cheap. :) I really should get a job...

40. I've come to realize that my car:
is currently MIA... only I'm not sure it ever was in action.

41. I've come to realize my boyfriend/girlfriend:
ahh... he must be driving my car.

42. I've come to realize that God:
is more amazing than I will ever understand... yet He delights to love me, knowing better than I ever will how unworthy of that love I am.

43. I've come to realize I let out my emotions by:
writing them into something, generally...

44. I've come to realize I wish I would've:
um... standard finishing of that sentence is "gone to bed earlier!!!" lol

45. I've come to realize that high school:
was a whole lot different than college...

46. I've come to realize that music:
is immensely powerful and extraordinarily beautiful.

47. I've come to realize that time:
is in horribly short supply lately... every minute has like half of it missing...

48. I've come to realize that books:
are like air - I need 'em to stay alive.

49. I've come to realize that nature:
is full of the glory of God.

50. I've come to realize that sunsets:
make me happy.

51. I've come to realize that secrets:
... can confuse me. I firmly believe that THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE. Not knowing the truth about something is destruction waiting to happen. I don't like secrets, though sometimes I have them. And secrets that are not yours are generally not things you should make known... but hidden things beg to be disclosed - and someday they will be.

52. I've come to realize that hugs:
can be awkward or nice... my love language is not touch, so I think I find them awkward more often than nice... which is not to say that there are not times when I really like them. :)

53. I've come to learn that smiles:
can change lives - for real.

54. I've come to realize that laughter:
is my favorite alternative to tears.

55.I've come to realize that tears:
despite laughter, are still sometimes necessary. They can make you feel really stupid - or a whole lot better about life.

56. I've come to realize that faith:
without works is dead...  and it goes with hope and love. You cannot have those without it.

57. I've come to realize that trust:
is something I do not give easily... yet I give it all too implicitly.

58. I've come to realize that hot cocoa:
is good? But I think I've always known that... *giggle*

59. I've come to realize that political parties:
generally irritate me horribly. Politics in general irritates me... though I find history fascinating. And what makes history? :P

60. I've come to realize that life:
is good, when Christ is that life.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Random Thoughts On Personality


I always thought Personality Types rather bogus... though I used to read Personality Type books when I was younger 
(I used to read manners books too... my brother asked me if I'd read something the other day, and I was like... Probably yes - I've read the back of the cereal box on the table three times).

Thinking them bogus didn't stop me from taking Personality Tests, though.

Want to know the real me?
Here's all you need to know:

 INFP -  "Questor". High capacity for caring. Emotional face to the world. High sense of honor derived from internal values. 4.4% of total population.
Personality Test by SimilarMinds.com

Incredible how one's entire personality can be condensed into a paragraph. I wouldn't quite believe it... except here's the long version.
(Which you may be interested in if you're an INFP, otherwise... skip it. :D Or go here to see what you are. Their test costs money (!) but they do link to free ones.)
Portrait of an INFP - Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving
(Introverted Feeling with Extraverted Intuition)







The Idealist


As an INFP, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit into your personal value system. Your secondary mode is external, where you take things in primarily via your intuition.
INFPs, more than other iNtuitive Feeling types, are focused on making the world a better place for people. Their primary goal is to find out their meaning in life. What is their purpose? How can they best serve humanity in their lives? They are idealists and perfectionists, who drive themselves hard in their quest for achieving the goals they have identified for themselves
INFPs are highly intuitive about people. They rely heavily on their intuitions to guide them, and use their discoveries to constantly search for value in life. They are on a continuous mission to find the truth and meaning underlying things. Every encounter and every piece of knowledge gained gets sifted through the INFP's value system, and is evaluated to see if it has any potential to help the INFP define or refine their own path in life. The goal at the end of the path is always the same - the INFP is driven to help people and make the world a better place.
Generally thoughtful and considerate, INFPs are good listeners and put people at ease. Although they may be reserved in expressing emotion, they have a very deep well of caring and are genuinely interested in understanding people. This sincerity is sensed by others, making the INFP a valued friend and confidante. An INFP can be quite warm with people he or she knows well.
INFPs do not like conflict, and go to great lengths to avoid it. If they must face it, they will always approach it from the perspective of their feelings. In conflict situations, INFPs place little importance on who is right and who is wrong. They focus on the way that the conflict makes them feel, and indeed don't really care whether or not they're right. They don't want to feel badly. This trait sometimes makes them appear irrational and illogical in conflict situations. On the other hand, INFPs make very good mediators, and are typically good at solving other people's conflicts, because they intuitively understand people's perspectives and feelings, and genuinely want to help them.
INFPs are flexible and laid-back, until one of their values is violated. In the face of their value system being threatened, INFPs can become aggressive defenders, fighting passionately for their cause. When an INFP has adopted a project or job which they're interested in, it usually becomes a "cause" for them. Although they are not detail-oriented individuals, they will cover every possible detail with determination and vigor when working for their "cause".
When it comes to the mundane details of life maintenance, INFPs are typically completely unaware of such things. They might go for long periods without noticing a stain on the carpet, but carefully and meticulously brush a speck of dust off of their project booklet.
INFPs do not like to deal with hard facts and logic. Their focus on their feelings and the Human Condition makes it difficult for them to deal with impersonal judgment. They don't understand or believe in the validity of impersonal judgment, which makes them naturally rather ineffective at using it. Most INFPs will avoid impersonal analysis, although some have developed this ability and are able to be quite logical. Under stress, it's not uncommon for INFPs to mis-use hard logic in the heat of anger, throwing out fact after (often inaccurate) fact in an emotional outburst.
INFPs have very high standards and are perfectionists. Consequently, they are usually hard on themselves, and don't give themselves enough credit. INFPs may have problems working on a project in a group, because their standards are likely to be higher than other members' of the group. In group situations, they may have a "control" problem. The INFP needs to work on balancing their high ideals with the requirements of every day living. Without resolving this conflict, they will never be happy with themselves, and they may become confused and paralyzed about what to do with their lives.
INFPs are usually talented writers. They may be awkward and uncomfortable with expressing themselves verbally, but have a wonderful ability to define and express what they're feeling on paper. INFPs also appear frequently in social service professions, such as counseling or teaching. They are at their best in situations where they're working towards the public good, and in which they don't need to use hard logic.
INFPs who function in their well-developed sides can accomplish great and wonderful things, which they will rarely give themselves credit for. Some of the great, humanistic catalysts in the world have been INFPs.
Jungian functional preference ordering:
Dominant: Introverted Feeling
Auxiliary: Extraverted Intuition
Tertiary: Introverted Sensing
Inferior: Extraverted Thinking 




When I first read all that, I was shocked. How could anyone describe me so well! But it did... which made me finally agree that there might be something to the personality type thing after all.

And then it totally blew me away when I took one of the tests for a character of mine... and got a result that could have been taken directly from my story! That was scary... though it was really fun. :) I love strong characters... :D 

However, I still find the idea itself of personality typing slightly irritating... probably because one of the books I read discussed which personality types were more likely to believe in God or to "have religious experiences," which bugged me to nooo end. How can something like that be put into a personality type? I suppose it's an attempt to explain away anything spiritual as merely a type of imagination... but it's still annoying that people have to try so very hard to find a "natural" reason for God. How "natural" are personality types? I mean, seriously...



What about you?
Have any of you taken a similar test? What are you? 
Or, writers, taken one for any of your characters?


How accurate do you think think personality typing is? Do you think it helps people or hurts them? Do you think it has a point?

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