Knowing thyself

Well this is America. So apart from facing strawberries the size of potatoes – which evinced the comment, ‘You should see the ones we have in Texas’ – we’ve been doing psychological assessments with an instrument called CDR

I take a fairly detached view [42%] of these things. In fact I’m not at all worried [29%] about them. Slightly more ‘off the wall’ was my score as an eccentric [82%]. But those who know and work with me will be glad to know that, contrary to all appearances, I am not an egotist [14%]

One visits these things as if meeting a stranger – and wonders if one’s efforts to second-guess the questions were successful or unsuccessful. But I do think that this is really useful in one respect – the Risk Assessment section. That sets out the places where you are vulnerable in working with people and groups. Most ministry – but I think particularly episcopacy – is something of a ‘high wire’ act. You work under pressure and against time with very limited resources … often a passionate advocate of programmes and causes. Of course it’s risky and you can get it badly wrong. So this is helpful [75%]


  1. I enjoyed your Loaves and Fishs Thought for the day this morning 14th June 2011 on BBC Radio Ulster.This is the second of your’s I have heard on your theme of the King James Bible.As always your well crafted words left me with food for thought.

    As you remarked much of our speech is peppered with saying from it.
    Many people do not realise that that is where the sayings come from.
    We in Northern Irealnd from both traditions use phrases from it a lot.I suspose it’s our like of descripitive and image making langauge.
    Looking forward to the next Thought for the Day.

    1. One of my ‘themes of the moment’ At least you hadn’t heard it before. Best wishes to Arthur – and didn’t your friend in the Park play a blinder with the Queen’s visit. Brave programme and courage amply rewarded.

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