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I was just sittin around thinkin' of you gals and noticed how diverse we are. If there is one thing I've noticed is that everyone has one (or 2 or 3) trait(s) that they think,
"If anyone only knew that I knew that...."
So, what is your 'hidden' talent?
My traits are:
The ability to see multiple sides of the abstract or random and focus them down to communicatable structures. (Like negotiations, spirituality, quantum thinking) That's why people come to me when they are blue or tweakin'. Because usually they come away with "I never thought of it like that/I never considered that side of it"
I seem to attract information outside of the norm. Free energy, "conspiricy (of various definitions), offshore items, how to live on a barge, where to find good cheap sailboats, the wierd, the unusual, but not anything relating to horror.
Ah.... Freedom. Personal freedom, tricks of the trade, self-sufficiency, on a global and a local scale.
So, let us have a peek into your lives.
I am extremely analytical. (My best friend of 16 years, says so to a fault...). I can take most scenarios and see them from every angle, point, and side. Which I do a lot when it comes to my personal relationships, which causes me to drive myself bats trying to decypher what the other party is thinking, rather than just *asking* them.....I probably should've gone into law, or law enforcement, political analyst type of work.....
I can play music by ear after hearing it once or twice. (I play trumpet and violin...although neither regularly anymore...)
I can pretty much name the artist for any song. (My co-worker Troy is always trying to stump me, but to no avail...)
I am also a font of useless trivia....especially celebrity/hollywood and Disney crap.
02-24-2003, 11:13 AM
This is a fun topic!
Lessee ... do I have a special purpose ... er talent?
I've been told by several people I've inherited my mom's knack for listening and giving pretty decent counsel. One friend told me about 10 years ago he figured by the time I was in my 50s I would be much like the wise woman of the tribe ... I took that as a huge compliment but also figure I'll be more like the wiseass of the tribe :lol:
Being a journalism major in college where we were told it's good to know a little about everything, I guess I heeded that advice and know just enough about most things to either be conversant or dangerous. :toocool:
It's probably no mistake I have two male children as I was very much a tomboy as a child and it has served me well. I seem to "get" guy things and have always had more guy than girl friends. I'm a pretty decent baseball scorekeeper, can build a wicked tree house, and love being outdoors (camping and exploring especially). I don't even mind crawly things like frogs and toads; can bait my own fishhook and am even contemplating learning how to shoot a gun.
I think my greatest gift is my intuition, my compassion, and my sixth sense regarding others. There was a time I tried to shut down my intuition because it seemed to scare people off, especially the male variety. Now I welcome it, but I keep some things to myself. I am trying to channel my intuition into more positive things, but human nature being what it is, it often seems I more often than not know what someone is going to do wrong, rather than right. I also have learned you can't do much to steer people away from the lessons they're choosing even though you know they're in for a difficult go. (Hey - maybe I am getting wiser!)
Oh - one last talent ... I'm a pretty darned good baker - just ask my sons' friends! :bananada:
02-24-2003, 11:38 AM
Hmmmm.... well I guess one of my strong ones could be considered a "talent" although sometimes it feels more like a curse....
I tend to be too empathetic to people - for some reason I put myself in their shoes automatically - no intention of doing it - it just happens. I find myself throroughly pisseed off at someone only to realize that the other half of me is thinking about "How would I feel if I had this person (me) blow up at them and say such-and-such". At least though I can usually pick up a lot of insight off of people normally and I read body language very well.
And I guess going along with that is being told that I'm a good listener - even though it means people start telling me their life story right after I meet them - and they don't even know why ! *LOL*
I like to think my talents lie in public speaking, thinking on my feet and being able to be sooo descriptive with words that I can make a person "see" what I'm speaking about :-)
02-24-2003, 12:49 PM
I've been called an Earth-Mothering Bitch by several of my friends. I tend to mother-hen everyone in my immediate circle and defend them quite fiercely. My ex-husband once said he married his own personal barracuda. Not sure if that's a talent or not. You'd have to ask Morrigan. She's known me longest. Geez, going on 15 years now.
Now if you were to ask Sir, He would tell you that i'm compassionate and loving and giving. Ask my daughter and she'll tell you that MOM stands for Mean Old Mommy.
I suppose my absolute hidden talent is my loyalty. My heart belongs to my friends, family and extended family. I will give until I have no more to give and then find a way to continue to give. Like, Da Baroness, I listen very well and take it to heart when someone confides in me. My advice may not always be the best, but it always comes straight from my heart and has the best intentions.
Oh yeah, I do some really kick ass needlework. I'm about to get started on a piece for my mother...a beautiful medicine woman that will be done on an earthy sage coloured 36 count linen with too many specialty threads and beads out the yang.
possesor of many talents, mistress of none
02-24-2003, 01:15 PM
It is amazing to me how similar we all seem to be. I too have a penchant for public speaking. In my circle of friends I am the one that is sought out to make presentations and awards. I have a way of mixing humor with words and making the ceremony interesting. I love to play. I don't have the time, but, if I did...I would spend it painting, drawing, sewing...all of those wonderful pass times I just don't get to because I am a half crazed working mom and sole support for my family. I probably have more talents, I just can't think with this nasty headcold I've got!
02-24-2003, 02:15 PM
Although I am only 22 my friends say I'm old beyond my years they all come to me for advice on a plethera of subjects. I would have to say my talent for difusing explosive situations is my best talent.
I am also very prtective of what I consider mine. My friend Pris calls be Big Cat b/c I tend to act like a cat does with my friends protective yet always very laid back.
02-24-2003, 02:16 PM
Yeh.. I am pretty mothering.... I am also peoples dumping grounds for stuff, ever need to let off steam, I have an ear.. I am also pretty forgetful.. Ie: We talked, I don't remember.. I don't know anything.
Mairi the Herbwench
02-24-2003, 02:24 PM
I'm the idea person - always have an idea about anything, and sometimes they're even good ideas! I'm a great devil's advocate - can always see at least 3 sides to every discussion. I'm a smoother - Bad Things don't happen when I'm present. I can get just about any fax or copier up and running again. I can see the humor in anything. (Which is not always a good thing...) I make great soups and homemade (handmade) breads, jellies, jams, and applebutter. I can talk my way into or out of anything other than speeding tickets.
However, I can't see designs - making a new pattern for me is horrible - I have to get my husband (the engineer) to explain it to me. Can't sew without a pattern, either. I'm not that visual.
02-24-2003, 04:00 PM
I'm a very patient person, good listener, sometimes come up with good advice.
One of my past co-workers (this is like 18 years ago or so) said that I was a very different thinker - I'd come up with a good idea seemingly out of left field, and it makes perfect sense once you think about it. It's just a "Where the h*** did *that* come from?!?" type of thing.
And, for better or for worse, I generally don't say anything or voice an opinion unless I'm 99% sure I'm right and can prove it.
And I have a talent for seeing all sides of an issue.
And I get along with animals better than I do people - they seem to trust me for the most part.
02-24-2003, 04:09 PM
I'm not sure what my hidden talents are. I know I can sing, albeit not nearly as well as what I used to be able to do. I know I CAN listen when it's needed of me, and I have the natural ability to defend those I care about to the death. Not to mention, I seem to be able to see the good in people even when most everyone else doesnt believe it exists anymore.
I also have a knack with money. I can figure out peoples budgets for them. I usually screw up my own, but I can look at someone's income vs outcome and figure out a viable budget for them.
I can also debate pretty well. Simply for the sake of argument I will play devils advocate and 'argue' the other side simply to get a better judge of the person that I'm talking to. Not sure if thats a talent or not.
Emalia is the Earth Mom. True and complete. :)
02-24-2003, 05:31 PM
We are some very beautiful and talented women, indeed!
I have an uncanny ability to do my very best work on something the first time I attempt or try something... the results are fabulous. Anything done after the first one is, as a rule, not as good.
I do World War 2 era nose art (when they would paint characters, naked ladies, and the like on the nose of their planes). I had an entire photo album of my work that was destroyed in 1999 by the flooding after Hurricane Floyd in eastern NC. I'm slowly rebuilding my portfolio and re-gathering pics of my work. I did work on a Vietnam era helicopter for a friend's dad (he bought it and tours/parades with it, as well as appears in movies like Forrest Gump) which was a rendition of Snoopy as the WW1 Flying Ace. I christened it the "Screaming Beagle." LOL!
I play guitar, mountain dulcimer, and violin/fiddle. I write and perform my music (mostly folk/bluegrass). I am learning the mandolin and banjo now. :)
I have a photographic memory, and one that is strong on minute details. I can tell you what my family ate on many particular occasions during my childhood. My sense of smell is very strong, and I tend to be able to tell you the name of any frangrance you're wearing. Some of my short-term memory is affected by my MS, but I'm trying to keep it as strong as possible! :)
I love cooking from scratch -- biscuits, noodles, pastry, gourmet -- you name it! :)
I love animals, and I volunteer with animal rescue. I'm a true "Ellie Mae;" I form kinship with domestic animals as well as cows, pigs, horses, chickens, etc. I'm very protective of animals, and for their well-being.
I love learning languages. The only one that I know fluently is German (other than English, of course! ;) I'd like to master at least five in my lifetime.
I love making new friends, and I love to do things to brighten the day of those I care about.
I really like being with elderly people, as well as children. I like to talk with/nurture/be affectionate with both groups. My grandparents both have Alzheimer's, and people with Alzheimer's have a very special place in my heart. :)
02-24-2003, 06:39 PM
Good subject..lets see like most here I can see multiple sides of a situation...and can admit when I am wrong....I make leaps of logic...can sometimes just know the answer..its correct but dont ask me how I got the answer...drove my teachers crazy when I couldnt prove how I did something but got the correct answer anyway...excellent cook and am told that people feel more at home sitting down and talking to me then they do in their own home....
02-25-2003, 08:14 PM
Well I think my own traits are:
I will do damned near anything to cheer up my friends and family, I can often figure out my own problems if given enough time to find a soultion, I can often debate both side of a situation and find the pro's and con's of such, I'm very good as listening to problems of friends and family and offering what expeirence I've had with whatever, I have an insite to emotions I can often tell how someone is feeling just by speaking to them a moment.
I'm also a dancer. 15 years in Ballet and Tap. Years of Gymnastic's, Jazz, Lyrical, and Pointe. I also swing dance (dozens of diffrent things in this one), Belly dance, Know a little bit of hula (poi balls! yay!). Needless to say, dancing is my passion.
I adore animals, I have one kitten with me and three other girls that live with my parents (I can't bear to take them from what they've always known). I've done volunteer work at the animal shelters in Florida.
I have a very spontanious nature, something comes to me and I tend to follow that. If suddenly I deside to go someplace ten to one, I'll be out the door shortly.
I have a range of oddball hobbies (aside from Faires and SCA events) which are not limited to: Urban Exlporation, Haunted places, History, Photography, RPG games, Online games, playing (badly) pool, and otherwise just having fun.
Okay that's all I can come up with!
02-25-2003, 08:25 PM
My roommate just commented on my hidden talent yesterday. I am pettable. People just want to pet me. My co-workers do it, my roommate does it, my friends do it. I don't know why, but apparently I just give off this vibe that say, "Hey, I'm cute and my hair is soft; stroke me!" I know it doesn't sound like much of a talent, but it really is. People tend to calm down when they're touching someone else. I don't know how many arguments between friends I've diffused by sitting down next to the irate one and leaning my head on their knee.
I am also a skill bitch. I know how to do a lot of things, reasonably well. I can cook, sew clothing, crossstitch, embroider, build scenery, design scenery, rewire nearly anything (except my computer!), design lighting, hang lights like a fiend! (one whole big musical hung in one afternoon, me and two other people) work three autocad programs like I was born to them, write, paint, (can't draw, though) make jewelry, dance, climb trees, build fires, read a map, sing, play the tin whistle and survive and be reasonably happy on an income of $500 a month.
I think the last skill might just be the most useful!!!
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