31.1.13

A Quick Guide Introducting the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (And Why You Should Take It)

The Primary Reason the MBTI Remains the Most Used Personality Inventory is Becasue People Understand Themsevles Better After Taking It
There is a great deal of misunderstanding surrounding the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Some people view it as a predictor of behavior and practices. Others view it as a scale that says whether people behave or practice certain behaviors more or less. Still others expect it to predict such things as leadership style, emotional intelligence, or particular skills. And that doesn't even list the views of people who describe the MBTI as a completely flawed attempt to apply psychological typology to something irreducibly complex: human preference. None of these accurately or comprehensively capture the benefits of the MBTI for the vast majority of individuals. (click here to read more.)
Joel Hathaway

3.1.13

The Modern Shepherds Wondering Song

All winters are cold but not all are dark,
dark as dark as coal and ash.
Not even snow can make white
soiled footprints on the earth
guilt-stained palms, conscience seared.

Happy partings never shadow
looming conflict close at hand,
close by little, folded hands:
hands raised up to plea,
hands raised up for comfort,
comfort and joy.

They were anxious souls who waited by,
watched and waited for the dawn,
the morning star to wisdom guide.
Some relieved wrapped up--
not gifts of candy, toy, or fun--
but grief stricken children.

Others took to themselves comfortless breath
caught in the throat. Caught,
unuttered cry, unending cry.
To empty beds and unwrapped gifts
let winter's dark consume all light.
No star to go by.

Will sadness reign merry, cast all hope
beneath the veil of empty rooms,
little shoes and winter caps,
mar the Christmas yuletide in forever
grief?

Not so! For Herods near and far stretch out
with evil might and fall.
Fail and fall.
While rising high the resurrection
light a throne ascends
to highest heaven.
Welcomes little children,
"Come unto me."

'Till all undone are worthless deeds,
'till children play once more,
'till thorn-infected ground life pleads
on every human shore.

To the memory of Daniel, Rachel, Olivia, Charlotte, Josephine, Ana, Dylan, Dawn, Madeline, Catherine, Chase, Jesse, James, Grace, Anne Marie, Emilie, Jack, Noah, Caroline, Jessica, Avielle, Lauren, Mary, Victoria, Benjamin, Allison. These are the victims of a fool unworthy to be named: cast down in youth, raised up in hope.

Four Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Christmas Cards

We love Christmas cards. We are a nation of Christmas cards. Americans buy 1.6 billion cards each Christmas season (down significantly from a few years ago), according to the Greeting Card Association. But the birth of the personalized Christmas card, tethered to the ubiquitous "Holiday Newsletter," threatens to overwhelm us all with lengthy stories about Little Tommy's escapades. Highlighted by summer beach-vacation images, it can drive the most sober man to double-dip in the spiked eggnog. Here are a few pointers on getting the best out of your Christmas cards. (Click here to read more).