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21 September 2012 @ 11:35 am
underrated life skills  
Earlier this week in another forum, I observed that the willingness to look ridiculous is an underrated life skill.

Being free of the notion of respectability or dignity really opens a lot of doors, and it turns out that people respond really well to it -- on both sides! It's hard to let go of that for yourself (or, it has been for me, anyway), but it really pays off in a lot of big and small ways.

moominmolly added a couple of other things to the underrated life skill list: trying things you might fail at, minimizing your assumptions, playfulness.

What do you consider underrated life skills? This could include skills you think of yourself having, striving toward, wistfully imagining, observing ...
I'm feeling: chipperchipper
DancingWolfGrrldancingwolfgrrl on September 22nd, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
Noticing, interrupting, and changing one's own patterns
Generating ideas without slipping into "how?"
Giving, receiving, and expressing pleasure
Giving and taking direction
Not taking responsibility for other people's stuff (I am terrible at this, but getting better at noticing it)

There's also a thing that tenants are giving me a lot of opportunities to notice that I can't quite sum up easily: when something small goes wrong -- a drawer is stuck or you forget what day trash is picked up -- it's a great life skill to think "well, people obviously have this problem all the time and overcome it, so probably I can overcome it!"