Friday, March 16, 2012

Go With Your Strengths (But Know Your Weaknesses)

Perhaps you've noticed, as I have, that lately people will realize something they are not good at, then say they'll need to work on it. While that's true, more and more "experts" are encouraging a person to acknowledge weaknesses, but work on your strengths.

One of my weaknesses is that I am not a perfectionist. In fact, I'm often not even careful. Like on Wednesdays post here on the blog, I posted a picture of the wrong dog. Oliver the Chihuahua was the stand-in for Oliver the Jack Russell Terrier. Unfortunately, I didn't notice since I just posted the picture in my gallery of photos that said "Oliver." Someone did notice - the owner of Oliver the Chihuahua!


Some mistakes do not have life-threatening results, such as the wrong picture. However, it's not that big of a leap for someone to think that if I am not careful in the little things, then perhaps I won't be careful in the big things - the matters that are life-threatening.

For instance, right now there is a dog in the kennel that is diabetic and needs shots of insulin every 12 hours. If I make a mistake in this situation, the result would indeed be life-threatening. (And this is why my phone's alarm is set to go off twice a day to make sure I don't make a mistake)

In other words, I really do need to work on my weaknesses if for no other reason to establish and maintain trust in all matters, big and small.

While the owners of both "Olivers" are kind and forgiving people, being more diligent about the "little" things makes for good practice of the "big" things.

That's why today's post has a picture of Olive, the cat. Note her scolding tone.


  1. Scolding because her bowl is empty?


  2. You may be right, Kim! I thought it was because she couldn't turn the page.

  3. I love both the pictures and the messages on this blog. Animals and wisdom, and wisdom from animals. Olive looks wise in the picture, which is appropriate.

    I scold myself constantly for procrastinating because it makes me miserable. I really need to attack and rid myself of that weakness. (The procrastination, not the scolding.)

  4. I could go on and on about procrastination, but I'll get to it later...