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Friday, July 27, 2007


Simple or Complicated?

An interesting question was recently posed on a large women's magazine website in their general discussion area which really got me thinking:

Do you think of yourself as being a simple or a complicated soul?

I pondered for quite a while about this, then decided it might make for an interesting article.

Personally, I've always felt I'm a pretty simple, easy to figure out sort. I think very logically, always organized and I'm linear in my way of carrying out a task.

My mom describes me this way: As a child, if I asked Carine to ask a neighbor if I could borrow an egg, this is how it would go: Carine would say sure, walk out the front door, down the driveway, walk over and up the neighbor's driveway to their front door. She'd ring the doorbell, ask politely to borrow the egg, wait at the threshold until the neighbor came back with the said egg, thank her and leave. Then Carine would go back down the driveway and up ours, walk in the door and hand me the egg. 5 minutes, job done.

Then my mom would describe how my sister (6 years younger) would do the same task.
Felicia would say sure, walk out the door and down the driveway, cross the street over to whoever was outside and ask them what they were doing. She'd proceed anywhere she might see a type of life form, asking questions, playing, chasing birds and a host of other movements. She might go back for her bike or into a friend's house for a TV show. About an hour or so later, my mom would go outside and just start hollering "Felicia, where are you? It's time to come home!" She'd come back, without the egg.

So, with these descriptions in play, I am the simple one, uncomplicated one.

However, if you ask others, their view of me might very well be quite different.

I'm a woman who hates fussiness and shopping. Yet I enjoy the results when I finally dress up. I'm quite old-fashioned. Never would I have considered to live with my husband without marriage. Yet, I'm the first to defend any one's right to do just that, because I feel IT'S NONE OF MY BEESWAX!!

While I like to make everything I need to do as easy as possible. I'm also a very hard worker who feels you get out of whatever you do by how much you put of yourself into whatever it may be. I'll work 30 hours for free on an article that I'm passionate about. I don't believe in using shortcuts when making up a new dish and I don't read the end of my latest medical thriller first. I just don't cut corners.
I figure it will come back and bite me in a most uncomfortable place if I do.

To ask a person how they view themselves is simple. To answer the question (especially if you do it honestly) is really quite complicated.

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