Friday, April 8, 2011

If you met me...

Interested in 5 Minute Fridays?  Here's The Gypsy Mama:
Got five minutes? Let’s write. Let’s write in shades of real and true and unscripted.
Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right or not.
1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Go leave some comment props for the five minuter who linked up before you.

Start.

If you met me, it'd probably be all about you.

I've gotten sneaky like that.  I am so good at asking questions and probing (but in a nice way, I hope) that you probably will all of the sudden realize that you've been talking for thirty minutes and you didn't know how or why.

But I love to know people.  I mean really know them.  You see, I don't necessarily know my best friend's favorite color, but I could pretty much tell you the story of her life and what happened to her yesterday.  I know the important stuff.  I love to know because I love to listen to His promptings about what to say that might enrich your life or help you with a struggle, or just lift you off your feet and shine with encouragement.

On the flip-side, though, I've used this practice to hide myself.  To protect my heart.  So, if you really want to know me, you'd probably have to read this blog or ask me a lot of questions.  Because I also hate to disappoint, so I'd never not answer you.

Stop.


Linking also with these fabulous ladies on Fridays:

Rachel Ann at Home Sanctuary
Michelle at Lost in the Prairies

14 comments :

  1. I'm like that too. I know my friends and I played a "How well do you know...." An acquaintance could answer most of the questions. My friends all bombed. But they know my history, my present and my dreams. Hoping you have a blessed day my dear friend.

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  2. It is a beautiful gift to be able to bring the true selves out of other people. I hope you do not lose yourself in it, though. You are a beautiful person and so worth getting to know.

    I am a pleaser myself. I want everyone around me to be happy, and do all I can to make them so...sometimes too much!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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  3. I am horrible at asking people questions, but I have encountered many people who are great at it. It is nice to share my story but it is tough to get to know the other person. I do like getting asked questions though...not because I like talking about myself...but because it forces me to really find out those answers as well. Sometimes we, as moms, get caught up in worrying about others and taking care of others that we forget to take a look at who we are. Does that make sense?

    Bay news: We got some hail this week. There has been some crazy stuff going on with Muni (San Francisco's streetcar/bus/transportation system) this week...with a door left open while its was running, and a driver texting during a ride. some homes in Hercules have been evacuted because they are sliding down the hill. Can't think of any other big things that I've heard or read... =p

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  4. Lovely to read post about you. You must be a dear to meet -- it's wonderful how you intend to listen to the Lord's still small voice when you talk with others. Beautiful.

    Have a blessed Friday.

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  5. I am loving getting to know you through your blog...you have a beautiful heart!
    have a wonderful weekend(I'm still praying about She speaks)
    Blessings!

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  6. Hmmm...good to know. I wonder how many bloggers that's true of...I mean, I think mine sounds like me...but I'm probably a lot more open and coherent in thoughts on my blog...ooo, that's sort of scary now isn't it! HAHAHA!

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  7. I want more of that quality...to be able to make it all about "you." Ask the questions that keeps somebody speaking for 3o minutes. And trust me, I'd be the one talking for 30 minutes. But, mainly because I honestly struggle with what questions to ask. I know. It's a skill and with balance, is a great one!

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  8. "But I love to know people. I mean really know them."
    That is my heart, but I fail at it miserably! I have much to learn from you, Jen ... how to ask the right questions. I get tongue-tied and nervous and all the words hide from my heart! And then I ramble, or it's awkward, and I kick myself for days for being diffident! Like Theresa commented, I so want to improve in this area b/c like you, I want to know people, really know them ... and do life together. Thanks for sharing you! So thankful that I'm getting to know you!

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  9. I am a great question "askerer" and at times can ask too many when I don't feel like talking myself. . .

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  10. I am happy to meet you.:) Thanks for your kind comment at my blog. Hope you have a blessed weekend!

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  11. Jen, I, too, love to meet people and know their stories. It is a favorite thing of mine to do. But I am afraid that I don't hide...I do love to talk...but I do love to listen, too. I do have some friends that are like you in that I find it hard to get to know because they are very good at giving a simple answer and diving back into question asking mode. I am always thrilled to get to know them better when they do open up as others are with you, I'm sure.

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  12. You inspired me to do the 5 Minute Friday too (though I was a day late). I hope to join you on your Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood soon!!! Hope your have a super weekend.

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  13. First, I love this little meme idea because it's so raw and real.

    Second, I'm so much like you! I am a question asker too. I think in part it's because I'm a natural snoop, but in truth I just really do like to know what makes people tick.

    There is much to me that casual conversers (Is that even a word?) would never know. I think blog readers are privy to more than IRL people.

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  14. I can relate to so many of your words...and it's amazing how God can give freedom through writing....to really share.

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