Number 17 – What is the one thing you wish you were great at?
The one thing I wish I were great at would be being able to process things quickly so I could respond right away to things. Here’s a simple example: I might have a great comeback for something said by another person but I usually think of it hours later, after everyone had gone home and of course no one even remembers what it would be for.
The more often and more difficult example: I would love to be able to mentally process a situation or conversation with my kids so that when they told me something (like Claire’s statement about soldiers beating us because they beat Jesus a while back) or when I walk into a room of fighting, I would be able to respond without blank expressions, long pauses, and nothing in my brain. I really want to train them and teach them, but sometimes I feel like I have splintered conversations with them because I think of what I really want to teach them about 10 minutes later, when they’ve already moved on and I’ve stumbled through a teaching moment. This usually happens when it’s chaos and they are yelling at each other or just emotionally reacting and unable to listen to me. I’m almost always calm and peaceful when entering into a teachable moment with them, because I give us all a break to calm down first, but I still have times where I just cannot think of where to take them in order to lead them to Jesus.
I really dislike that I can’t process what’s going on, or my thoughts, fast enough to just flow through what I would like to say. This is probably also evident in regular conversations with other adults sometimes too… if so, please forgive my slow comprehension and response sometimes! I internalize everything and have to “mull things over” in order to fully understand and respond well.
Would you like to participate in the “30 Things” series?
There is a link party on the index page of this series, you can add your link at any time this month. I would truly enjoy reading about you!