In honor of my wife’s birthday today I wanted to share with you five of her most brilliant characteristics and what I’ve learned from her Keen Mind.
I frequently refer to Beth as my “better half” in conversation. You may shrug this off as a joke, but I’m not the least bit kidding and here are five reasons why.
1. Selflessness – If Beth kept a list every day of who she was worried about, or was looking out for I can promise you she would be near the bottom if not last on the list. I have no idea what makes her this way but it’s really easy to admire. Family, friends, co-workers, recent acquaintances needs all come before her own. This is tough love for me as I can be selfish from time to time. Beth won’t allow it.
2. Flawed – Like every single one of you reading this Beth has her faults. However, unlike most of us she’s well aware of what she is and what she isn’t. She doesn’t struggle with what she’s not. She doesn’t lose sleep over it, and she’s certainly not interested in pretending. It’s not worth her time. Once again I’m learning. I used to strive to be perfect. Perfect for her is being happy with who she is.
3. Organized – Yes those that know her well will tell you she’s very organized, tidy, and clean. Oddly enough, I’m not referring to her cleaning skills. I’m talking about her mental organization. No one I know is as mentally organized as my wife. She can turn herself off when she needs rest and power up when extra energy is needed. This can only happen with a well programmed brain. She’s working with me on this one as I have a tough time: shutting down, turning off, letting go, etc.
4. Curious – Beth is 100% up to try new things. Although it may not be with reckless abandon she’s a gamer to try new things. We’ve traveled without notice, tried new and exotic foods, and she helped me launch this blog. This is one characteristic we both comply with and I hope never diminishes.
5. Challenge – Beth will frequently challenge my thoughts, plans and actions. It’s funny because I consider myself a pretty good schemer of new concepts and plans. Yet, every one of them I run by her gets better, more streamlined or more valuable after our discussion. She’s honest with feedback and we don’t always agree (if you know the competitive streak in each of us this gets interesting). I really appreciate this as she’s challenging to help me or my project get better. There is never negative intent and she’s compassionate about helping me see a different angle. Lastly, I’m working at this one as well.
ACTION ITEM: I try to end every post with an action item and this is no different. Today I’d love it if you read this to wish my wife a Happy Birthday!!! You can tweet her at @Beth_Keeney or if you’re friends with her on Facebook send her a note. Thanks again all!