Oh dear. Here are seven things I do really badly:
1. I’m hopeless at remembering numbers. I can’t even hold a phone number in my head if it’s written down in front of me, instead needing to tap it into my phone by looking at it one digit at a time.
2. Even if you paid me a million dollars, I couldn’t draw a portrait of you. Although I think I can draw to get my point across, I have zero talent for recording likenesses.
3. I generally take far too long to finish jobs. I often put more into them than might be justified: I’m a bit of a perfectionist.
4. I put off dealing with important issues – healthcare stuff, for instance – somehow believing they’ll take care of themselves.
5. When I listen to music (and I love listening to music) I rarely take in the lyrics. I’m good at recognising tunes, awful at identifying a song by its words.
6. I’m a down-and-out failure at all sports, with no interest in either taking part or spectating.
7. I nearly always struggle to know if I should use ‘effect’ or ‘affect’.
Actually it would be disturbingly easy for me to write a much longer list than this, but perhaps I should stop there.
The thing is, I’m sure I’m not alone in having weaknesses and flaws. I’m guessing you could probably build a reasonable list of your own.
But although there may be value in appreciating your limitations (I can’t speak Mandarin, for example) isn’t it better by far to focus on your strengths and aptitudes? (People say I’m pretty creative.) If you and I think about it, I’m sure there’s loads of stuff we can’t do, and I’m sure it’s easier to compile lists like this if you’re feeling low than it is when you’re more upbeat.
Doesn’t it seem sensible to accept your weaknesses and limitations? Embrace them a little, even, perhaps. And doesn’t it make even more sense to recognise and celebrate your strengths?
Do this, and who knows what effect it’ll have on your day.
Yep, that’s ‘effect’ and not ‘affect’.
At least I think it is.