Thankyou for your comments. I love blogging and will try to keep it up, even if I only have Semi-Blog-Worthy Material to post. With that in mind, let me show you what's on the ABC News site right now, right in the middle of this screen grab:
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On the theme of scraping the barrel of semi-blog-worthy thoughts, would you have a little think about "Love Languages?" If you're not familiar with Gary Chapman's concept of the five love languages, maybe you'd like to check it out here. In brief, this paragraph from that linked page summarises the basic concept:
Of the countless ways we can show love to one another, five key categories, or five love languages, proved to be universal and comprehensive—everyone has a love language, and we all identify primarily with one of the five love languages: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.
I was thinking about this today, because I noticed how deflated I became as I was doing something with a group of talented people (not perfectly, but it was okay) but as I progressed, I just didn't receive much in the way of my primary love languages, which happens to be Words of Affirmation. This was through no fault of the talented guys I was working with, it was just not the sort of situation where people stop and give each other a slap on the back, though I made a point of doing it for some of the other guys. Not their fault. I repeat - not their fault.
I was surprised at how quickly I came to suspect that everyone thought I was doing a terrible job, that I was really quite rubbish, and that I should probably stand down and let someone else do it instead.
This begs the question - irrespective of the fact that I thrive on hearing affirming words about me and what I'm doing, why on earth do I need it? Surely I am mature enough to take it for granted that I'm doing a good-enough job, and just get on and do it? It made me feel a little weak, realising that I was wallowing in a pathetic need for affirmation in order to feel strong enough to go on.
So I'm going to ask you - do you know what your Love Language is? Do you thrive on hearing Words of Affirmation, enjoying Quality Time, receiving thoughtful Gifts, accepting Acts of Service or receiving closeness or Physical Touch?
Tell me - how do you deal with times when you feel you really need to receive something in the way of your language, but it's not forthcoming and seems silly to ask for it (e.g., "Hey guys, tell me I'm doing okay, won'tcha?")