Recently I participated in Union Chapel’s staff retreat for ministerial assistants, who, like Prince, are formerly known by another name: “secretaries.” We spent a day away from the offices, bonding over savory meals and an afternoon at The Artist Within studio, where we all painted our own pottery. Unfortunately, only a few of us actually found our artists within. Mine is MIA. Put it this way; the owner had to help me literally scrape mistakes out of my bowl.
Exhibit A, the bowl. Exhibit B, the inspiration for the bowl.
But I digress.
During the morning, we met to discuss a book we had all been given earlier in the month called Personality Plus, by Florence Littauer. We were to complete a personality survey and be ready to share that morning.
You should read the book, but I’ll fill you in. Littauer takes another look at Aristotle’s philosophy about the four temperaments: earth, wind, fire and air. You will probably remember their ‘70’s hits, “Sing a Song” and “Shining Star.”
Anyway, here’s my semi-professional take on this cogitative theory:
Personality 1: SANGUINE—Party in a box, Will Ferrellish or Tom on Oprah. Biblically, David prancing around in his Joe Boxers.
Personality 2: CHOLERIC—Captain of the ship, Donald Trumpish. Biblically, maybe Martha “Git 'er Done” sister of Lazarus.
Personality 3: MELANCHOLIC—Brooding artist, Johnny Deppish. Biblically, Solomon, when he wrote Ecclesiastes.
Personality 4: PHLEGMATIC—[Suddenly I feel the need to clear my throat.] Similar to a lawn ornament or birdbath that sits through extreme climates year after year without any ascertainable change, Ben Steinish or my husbandish. Biblically, Lazarus, before Jesus got there.
Got it? I bet you’re already pegging yourself and someone else. It’s addictive. I’ve even pegged my dog and my car.
One reason I’m almost a convert to the theory is that it sort of answers the question, “Can’t we all just get along?” Tomorrow I will dramatize why we can but it won’t be easy when I place the Fab Four in a room together to plan a party.