Hollison Journey

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” – Don Williams Jr

Strength For the Journey Pt. 1

on October 19, 2009

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” – 1 Peter 4:10

A few weeks ago, I went to a half day retreat called “Strength for the Journey.” This retreat was held by my Diocese for young adults. About 55 of us met at a church and spent the afternoon discussing our different strengths/gifts and how those can be used.

I went into the retreat thinking “This could be really good….or really bad.” Luckily, it turned out to be really good. It was a lot of fun and very informative.

One of the unique things about this retreat was that before it started, we were given a code to go take a strengths finder test (as part of the book Strengths Finder 2.0) Once we took the test, we received a .pdf document with our top 5 strengths (with specific definitions).  Just seeing the words didn’t make sense to me. But once I read the descriptions, I was was thinking , “oh yeah, totally me!

So here are my top 5 with some words from the descriptions that I thought applied. If you know me, tell me what you think:

1. Achiever: …you approach your work-related or academic assignments with a great deal of intensity…you are known for putting in long hours…you automatically set aside time to map out the coming months, years, or decades…you likely resist devoting time to activities that impede progress, compromise productivity, or waste precious time…

2. Harmony: …you strive to be a dependable person…you willingly assume accountability for tasks, projects, assignments, or commitments…calming influence on friends, family members, classmates, coworkers, teammates, or strangers…realistic…you point out obstacles, glitches, or difficulties others do not or prefer not to see…you have a gift for simplifying, rather than complicating, chores…your capacity for orchestrating special celebrations, projects, or trips causes many people to feel less stressed or overworked…you thrive in situations where you can work on your own projects…

3. Developer:…you may derive satisfaction from helping youngsters…you take time to discover someone’s likes, dislikes, hopes, dreams, or idiosyncrasies..you soothe the frayed nerves of individuals…you usually gaina  great deal of satisfaction from making a person feel worthwhile and valuable…

4. Individualization: …you are apt to be the one to whom others look for ideas about assignments to give each individual…you assist certain individuals by sharing with them information you have acquired, skills you have mastered, or experiences you have had…you rely on reason to determine how an event, decision, or condition led to a specific event…

5. Learner:…you usually channel your mental and physical energy into things that really intrigue you…you are drawn to the process of gaining knowledge and skills…your thirst for knowledge causes you to explore particular topics of study…you may prefer to read, write, and ponder philosophies, theories, or concepts that interest you…you have little difficulty giving intense effort to projects, problems, or opportunities that capture and keep your attention..

Tomorrow, I’ll do part 2 and give you some reflections I had on this.

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3 responses to “Strength For the Journey Pt. 1

  1. […] Quotes « Strength For the Journey Pt. 1 […]

  2. […] point). Since Brian and Abby and I went to the Young Adult Retreat a month ago (that I mention here and here), we decided to do a podcast about it. Brian is editing it and hopefully it will go up […]

  3. […] One of the events I went to recently was a Strengthsfinder retreat. I’ve done one previously (here and here), so it was interesting to go through it again and find some new strengths and how they […]

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