“The more you know yourself, the more patience
you have for what you see in others.”
Each one of us has stored talents that we may not recognize but when admired and reflected back to you it can be a humbling experience. When this happens when I am not trying to impress anyone nor am I motivated to achieve success, it is a major ah ha moment for me. This is particularly true when it happens to me because I am a Type 3 on the Enneagram. I have built my identity around success. My personality type is identified as the Achiever. Threes on the Enneagram really thrive on accomplishing goals and being successful in whatever they undertake. The following summarizes my personality:
If you are not familiar with the Enneagram I suggest reading The Enneagram Made Easy by Renee Baron and Elizabeth Wagele. The Enneagram is a study of the nine basic types of people. It explains why we behave the way we do, and it points to a specific direction for individual growth. It is an important tool for improving relationships with family, friends and co-workers.
Venturing out into unfamiliar territory this year I entered the world of social media by starting my blog. This was a big risk for my personality type. I had no tract record of success and no idea if my message would be of interest to others. The goal for me has been to offer others positive possibilities in a world that is overflowing with negative influences.
The biggest gift for my 75th birthday this week came from messages I received from family, friends and readers of my blog. These gifts came to me unexpected and unsolicited. The following are a few of these messages:
I feel grateful for the tool of a blog that enables my positive messages to reach a growing audience of followers. I am also blessed to have received this encouragement.
Each person’s personality profile is different as we all know. The Enneagram is a great resource to achieve better understanding of ourselves, those closest to us in our families, work or social environments. Truly knowing ourselves and others is such a key element in achieving harmony in our own worlds and in the larger Universe. We can misunderstand a person’s reactions when we have no perception of that person at all. It is much easier to be and stay positive when we understand ourselves and those with whom we interact and live our lives.
There are many other ways that you can make a positive influence in your own environment on a daily basis. It can happen in very ordinary circumstances once we take the time to see a person as they really are. In family relationships opportunities are always there. In everyday routines we can also learn to recognize those little things that can turn someone’s day around once we understand them. I have found the Enneagram to be the best tool to help me to do just that.