I don’t know about you, but I’m often uncomfortable with things I’m gifted to do. Allow me to give you an example:
I am a “connector” type of personality. God has given me a understanding of the process of hearing people with stories and the ability to connect them with like-minded or interested persons. I’ve seen this happen enough times with proven results that I am very comfortable with making the connection. But it took me a long time to figure out how it all works. I have failed in the process at times. I’m very comfortable connecting individuals with each other. I’m not comfortable meeting new people, this process takes longer. I love to set up a gathering, but I also love to find a place to hide while it’s happening.
Here are 4 concepts I keep in mind on a regular basis to help with the awkward situations:
-I had to learn to become comfortable with who God created me to be, even though this might be awkward for me as a human being.
-A friend of mine recently told me that “the art is often found in the revision”. I am going to make mistakes and learn from it.
-When I was in elementary school I stuttered and was mocked by other kids. A speech therapist helped me to remember to “breathe and think.” I use this tactic now to keep my head in uncomfortable situations.
-I travel with my wife or friends who help me “feel secure”.
What makes you uncomfortable and how do you deal with it?