Self Portrait Challenge: Imperfections #4

October 30, 2006


Probably my biggest imperfection is my mouth. Not physically imperfect. Just imperfect in the way I use it. Let me count the ways…

1) I get too impatient too quickly, and snap at my loved ones like a shrew when my nerves are on edge.

2) I raise my voice, which I hate to do, but it seems to be the only way I can adequately express my frustration that doesn’t involve a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. When it comes to the kids, it’s often the only way I am able to get them to do what I’ve already nicely asked them to do 4 times.

3) I can be sarcastic, and it wasn’t until recently that I realized (because I was on the receiving end) how hurtful sarcasm can be. I was having a heated argument with someone and everything they hurled at me was dripping with sarcasm. We’ve reconciled since then, but I don’t think I will ever be as close to that person as I once was. As a result, I try very hard not to be sarcastic, especially when I’m arguing with someone I love.

4) I confide too much in others, and usually end up burned as a result. It’s only recently that I’ve learned to play my cards closer to my vest, but there are still occasions when I hear words coming out of my mouth while my brain is telling me to shut the heck up.

5) I talk about myself too much… when I am nervous or at a loss of what to say, or trying to let someone know that I understand how they feel, I talk about my experiences. I’m sure this comes across poorly, but my intentions are good.

6) I speak too soon. I answer a question “yes” or “no” without taking time to think about what my answer really should be. If I end up changing my mind once I’ve reasoned through it, I worry that it makes me seem wishy-washy or weak, especially where the kids are concerned.

I try to remember to choose my words carefully in all situations, but it is a constant struggle.

Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.Charles Caleb Colton



  1. That all sounds very, very human.

    (I’m very guilty of #5..as proven by this comment!)

    I like the photo.

  2. This is me!

    I do ALL those things too!

    Especially talk too loud, I seem to have a broken volume control.

  3. did you just describe me?
    love this post! thanks!

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