Wednesday, 28 January 2009

slightly OT

I found a book on Amazon about wool... does anyone think I should invest in it? It looks interesting. Here's the link.

Also, I just read a really nice poem, so I wanted to share it with you all.

'There Will Come Soft Rains' by Sara Teasdale

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;
And frogs in the pool singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white;
Robins will wear their feathery fire,
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;
And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.
Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;
And Spring herself when she woke at dawn
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

Also, has a really great personality test. It's all picture based. I enjoyed myself playing. Here's what I found out about myself:

Your Core Skills:

You are a natural problem solver. Nothing beats the feeling you get when you are deeply engrossed in resolving an analytical conundrum. You have very strong levels of emotional intelligence and thrive on team-work and debate. You enjoy processing problems as part of a group. You are very empathetic and understanding to the needs and ideas of others.

Potential Areas Of Weakness:

Though a strong team player, you may lack the confidence or experience to take on the public speaking and facilitation roles that would allow you to fulfill your leadership potential. You know how you want things done and this means you can be quite impatient. You are often over-precise and obsessive about details, which can lead to stress.

Areas You Might Want To Work On:

  • try to keep your eye on the clock so that you don't lose track of time when you're engrossed in work
  • make a conscious effort to be more flexible and easygoing in the workplace
  • take positive steps to improve your confidence levels such as enroling for a drama workshop or joining a choir

Careers That May Suit You:

detective, occupational psychologist, workshop facilitator, probation officer

Your Detailed Personality Assessment:

It's important that you take the time to listen to yourself as well as to those around you. Make a conscious effort to regularly tune into your personal life goals and how you are going to achieve these. Use your diplomacy and intuition to your own advantage to move your career forward in positive ways. You enjoy a challenge and always rise to the occasion so make sure that your attitude stays fresh so that you are exhilarated in everything that you do.

When it comes to leadership, you believe in mucking in and being part of the team. Nothing earns the respect of your colleagues like actual hands-on involvement and experience. If you want something done well, you like to show the way and let others follow your lead.

You have a deep connection to your spiritual self. This balanced outlook is an extremely powerful force in your life. You have a healthy sense of perspective and are driven by a strong moral value system.

As far as you're concerned, hard work is the best way to achieve your goals. Short cuts to success are just a false economy. You tend to be quite traditional in your perspective and like to have a clear sense of your career milestones. You believe that effort should be rewarded and that if you put in the hours you'll reap the benefits. However that doesn't mean you always follow your own wisdom. It can be hard to maintain intense levels of focus all the time.

You are in a very steady place right now. Life feels very ordered and compartmentalised. But it may also be lacking inspiration. You could do with some fresh thinking to breathe life into those grey cells. But overall, you get a thumbs up for being calm and collected whatever life throws at you. You've probably got a lot on your plate. But you're quite good at staying on top of things and not letting the stresses of the job take over too much. Sometimes the greatest pleasure is in being really busy and not having enough hours in the day!

The way you approach each day can have huge implications for your success in the workplace. You're a naturally enthusiastic and energised person and you definitely know how to live life to the full. But if you're really serious about implementing positive change in your career, you might need to look at the way you balance your time. You can't expect too much from yourself. It might be a case of shifting priorities for the time being and there's a chance that a spot of exercise could do you the world of good. Getting some fresh air and letting those endorphins flow may be just the thing you need to put the spring back in your step.

The Future:

It can be daunting to be looking for your first job but this really is an exciting time in your life. There's so many decisions to make that will shape your future. You have the opportunity to really think about what you want from life and how you're going to achieve it. You may feel like you're a bit stuck for ideas right now. It's important that you really try to listen to your inner voice and ask what it is that you want from life. By being true to yourself, you'll find that the inspiration will flow and allow you to develop and shine in the most amazing ways."

I'm stunned that it's actually quite accurate in places. Whoa.

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