Friday, July 3, 2009
A Perceivers Garden
Most of you know that I have been interested for some time in personality typing a la Briggs-Myers. Being able to understand that we might be sitting next to each other, but seeing a very different world has made me a lot more patient and hopefully understanding. I think it has helped me to be a little more understanding.
After you have studied this system a little, you sometimes have a little flash of understanding as to why you do or don't 'connect' with someone that you work with, are related to, attend church with etc. For me, those little flashes are just great. They can be for preferences that you have in common, or preferences that you have that are different.
For example, Annie connects with Feelers. Their warmth and gentleness are attractive and comforting to her, and the usually 'click'. I can get into great conversation's with INtuitives as we will often find abstract and arcane topics to talk about. I don't do as well with Sensors - OK - but I don't have much to say when the topic turns to sports, and it often does.
Yesterday we had a little flash of understanding about being Perceivers. Perceivers are better at starting projects than they are finishing them. They are not the greatest planners, but they are very adaptable. Those of you that know us can probably see in your mind's eye the many project that we have 'in progress'. Some of you Judges might be in danger of a meltdown if you lived in our world, but it suits us just fine.
We have been working on cleaning up the chaos of taking out a large poplar tree. It has been all day-every day kind of work and we haven't given much else a minute's notice. But yesterday Annie looked that her cucumber plants and saw that the ball bugs had eaten the stems at ground level, and they were dead. On our way back from taking leaves and small branches to the dump, we decided to go to Hinckley and see if the green house there still had any plants. We were in luck - they were going to get rid of the last of the plants that day. We bought 64 plants for $4 and came home. While she planted in the available space in the existing grow boxes, I built a new bed from some of the spare block we had and filled with with garden dirt, peat moss, compost and manure. The plants are a little crowded, but they should climb over the block and spread all over the patio. We bought watermelon, cantaloupe, another melon - lemon something- and some spaghetti squash. That is when we had the flash. We are so well matched. We just dropped the huge project we had going for a few hours and started in another direction. It is still here today, and I have to get busy in a minute or two, but I thought that I would sent out a couple of pictures of our garden and yard. Hope you like them.