My soul type revealed

For a while I have been reading this very inspirational blog on self-discovery and spirituality. Lindsay’s posts are simply moving and they never fail to motivate me to do better things each day. One of her posts is about Soul Types, taken from Ainslie MacLeod’s book “The Instruction”. I haven’t read the book yet but I took the quiz nonetheless. It was a step closer to getting to know me, myself, and I. Besides, 30-day is all about 30 little things I already knew or things I will soon discover about myself.

The results said I am a Helper. I am also a mixture of the Caregiver and Spiritualist types. Overall, I am beaming with the desire and dedication to help people and I have unquestionable loyalty to those I love. And both are actually true.

Helper types have plenty of common sense, and a pragmatic approach to problems that ensures things get done. With their no-nonsense, roll-your-sleeves-up-and-get-the-job-done approach to life, Helpers keep the modern world rolling. Without them, our cities would grind to a halt, and the infrastructure of our societies would crumble.

If you’re a Helper type, it’s important to find something or someone you can devote yourself to. For that reason, dedication to a career, partner, family, or friends will come easily to you. You might even throw yourself behind a cause, like getting someone elected, or ensuring that a ballot measure gets passed.

As a Helper, you are unlikely to seek out a leadership role, since you’re probably happiest diligently working behind the scenes. Many Helpers will spend long years in the same job, proud to have never missed a day of work. On the downside, your soul’s desire to be of service can get you into trouble since it can be hard to say no, and you may become overwhelmed by all the tasks you take on.

If you’d like to know your own Soul Type, you can take the quiz here.

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For the First Time (The Script, 2010) – Single Review

We’ve all been hit by a lot of worse -ions in the Merriam-Webster dictionary: recession, depression, rejection, inflation and what-have-yous. The least we want to hear is another piece of grief-stricken music that will drown us with sorrow and hopelessness. That’s exactly how The Script crafted “For the First Time,” the first single from their second album “Science and Faith.”

It talks about a couple whose relationship is being jeopardized by  personal and external factors. The analogy is made with Ireland’s experience during the recession. The lyrics in itself loudly reverberates the difficulties of our travails and how we struggle to surmount them. And we’ve all been there, right? Some of us are still sulking right now, looming over lost jobs or failed relationships. Others have moved on and courageously faced the challenge. The melodramatic impact of “For the First Time” in this aspect is two-edged.

I believe that the track effectively portrayed misery and at the same time, left a window for second chances. Danny sang it true to his heart. His soulful voice at the opening soothes your heart and he sustained it throughout. The electric guitar jived with the drum rhythmics, powerfully evoking the emotions carried by the song. However, the song is also a bit formulaic. The band stuck with their sentimental signature style  which somehow rendered the song predictable. The concept has been used over and over in genres other than modern or alternative or pop rock. At some point, “For the First Time” reminded me of “Breakeven” and “Before the Worst”, songs from their acclaimed self-titled first album.  The songs did really well in the music charts, especially “Breakeven” which climbed the Irish and UK Singles Chart.

“For the First Time” could do well in the bid for chart-topping hits. But there are still serious contenders out there which offer a lighter, lifting kind of music. Nevertheless, this single made me crave more for the entire album.