"Future's so bright....gotta wear shades."
Torschlußpanik: Literally, "gate-shut panic" — the feeling that medieval peasants had when the castle gates were closing for an upcoming onslaught by enemies. Torschlusspanik now refers more commonly to a sensation many women feel when they reach a certain age, a race against the biological clock. Or, more universally, the fear that time is running out to act. The stories posted here are about the journey, about embracing fear with grace, and about coming to a realization that there are no gates.
Autumnhaiku Tags: Seeker of Truth. Mother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Friend, Lover. Musician, Cook, Eternal Student, Craftsperson.
Proud Founder of the International Witless Protection Program (where our motto is). IWPP (pronounced "I Weep") sponsors the "International Witless Protection, Security and Benefit Act", which seeks to encourage a person who has witnessed or has knowledge of or has committed acts of personal humiliation or total witlessness to come forth and declare themself, thereby propagating the ancient and much valued theme of "Holy Fool" in our Society, and thus freeing themself and said Society from the bonds of denial. Interested parties may apply to the Secretariat, Witless Protection Security and Benefit Program. The CoH of IWPP forbids the disclosure of the exact location of the Secretariat, but inquiries may be directed to the Department of Justice building in Padre Faura, Manila. To protect your privacy, all properly stamped and addressed inquiries will be returned promptly, un-opened.
Currently tagged as: Teacher, Story Teller, Business Consultant. Elizabeth, Yu'wei Yee.
Has also been tagged as: Cable Director/Producer, VP of Sales, Director of Marketing, VP of Professional Services (Software)
eNFp: CHAMPION IDEALIST- The Champion Idealists are abstract in thought and speech, cooperative in accomplishing their aims, and informative and expressive when relating with others. For Champions, nothing occurs which does not have some deep ethical significance, and this, coupled with their uncanny sense of the motivations of others, gives them a talent for seeing life as an exciting drama, pregnant with possibilities for both good and evil. This type is found in only about 3 percent of the general population, but they have great influence because of their extraordinary impact on others. Champions are inclined to go everywhere and look into everything that has to do with the advance of good and the retreat of evil in the world. They can't bear to miss out on what is going on around them; they must experience, first hand, all the significant social events that affect our lives. And then they are eager to relate the stories they've uncovered, hoping to disclose the "truth" of people and issues, and to advocate causes. This strong drive to unveil current events can make them tireless in conversing with others, like fountains that bubble and splash, spilling over their own words to get it all out.
Champions consider intense emotional experiences as being vital to a full life, although they can never quite shake the feeling that a part of themselves is split off, uninvolved in the experience. Thus, while they strive for emotional congruency, they often see themselves in some danger of losing touch with their real feelings, which Champions possess in a wide range and variety. In the same vein, Champions strive toward a kind of spontaneous personal authenticity, and this intention always to "be themselves" is usually communicated nonverbally to others, who find it quite attractive. All too often, however, Champions fall short in their efforts to be authentic, and they tend to heap coals of fire on themselves, berating themselves for the slightest self-conscious role-playing.
Idealists, as a temperament, are passionately concerned with personal growth and development. Idealists strive to discover who they are and how they can become their best possible self -- always this quest for self-knowledge and self-improvement drives their imagination. And they want to help others make the journey. Idealists are naturally drawn to working with people, and whether in education or counseling, in social services or personnel work, in journalism or the ministry, they are gifted at helping others find their way in life, often inspiring them to grow as individuals and to fulfill their potentials.
Idealists are sure that friendly cooperation is the best way for people to achieve their goals. Conflict and confrontation upset them because they seem to put up angry barriers between people. Idealists dream of creating harmonious, even caring personal relations, and they have a unique talent for helping people get along with each other and work together for the good of all. Such interpersonal harmony might be a romantic ideal, but then Idealists are incurable romantics who prefer to focus on what might be, rather than what is. The real, practical world is only a starting place for Idealists; they believe that life is filled with possibilities waiting to be realized, rich with meanings calling out to be understood. This idea of a mystical or spiritual dimension to life, the "not visible" or the "not yet" that can only be known through intuition or by a leap of faith, is far more important to Idealists than the world of material things.
Highly ethical in their actions, Idealists hold themselves to a strict standard of personal integrity. They must be true to themselves and to others, and they can be quite hard on themselves when they are dishonest, or when they are false or insincere. More often, however, Idealists are the very soul of kindness. Particularly in their personal relationships, Idealists are without question filled with love and good will. They believe in giving of themselves to help others; they cherish a few warm, sensitive friendships; they strive for a special rapport with their children; and in marriage they wish to find a "soulmate," someone with whom they can bond emotionally and spiritually, sharing their deepest feelings and their complex inner worlds.
Idealists are rare, making up between 20 and 25 percent of the population. But their ability to inspire people with their enthusiasm and their idealism has given them influence far beyond their numbers.
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