I am at a work retreat. In Salt Lake City. Our company is spread all over the US, so we try to get together once a year to learn what everyone in the company is working on and what their specific job entails. We have a few “trainers”. They are AMAZING! They teach, train and CHANGE the world in the corrections industry.

One of the trainers stood up today and said “Get a blank piece of paper, a pen and draw a pig”.  That was our only instruction.

Ooooh, fun! Well, it was until she says “ok, are you done?” after about 36 seconds.

Ya….I had PLENTY of time to draw a pig made of AWESOME.       NOT.

Here is what we got with my VERY limited time.

Well….APPARENTLY this little drawing completely defines me.  Normally I would totally argue that thought…. IRONIC…..

Here is what this says about me:

I drew him at the TOP of the paper therefore I am POSITIVE & OPTIMISTIC.
I drew him in the MIDDLE of the paper therefore I am a REALIST.
I drew him FACING LEFT therefore I am DIRECT, ENJOY PLAYING THE DEVILS ADVOCATE & NEVER FEAR OR AVOID DISCUSSIONS.
I drew him with DETAILS therefore I am ANALYTICAL, CAUTIOUS & DISTRUSTFUL.
I drew him with 4 LEGS showing therefore I am SECURE, STUBBORN & STICK TO MY IDEAS.
The size of his EARS indicates I am a GOOD LISTENER.
The size of the tail indicates something a bit more PERSONAL (…..quality of my sex life……)

So, turns out I can’t argue too much with that little exercise.  It was BRILLIANT.

The reason behind this exercise that applies in our field of work is called responsivity, which is the treatment of people based on their characteristics, not always based on their crime.

I think that ABSOLUTELY applies to my entire life in general, but ESPECIALLY in parenting!