Of course, I looked at my top five strengths (there are 32 strenghts total) and immediately thought of my relationship with my horse.
My number one theme/strength is "input." Defined as this:
You are inquisitive. You collect things. You might collect information—words, facts, books, and quotations—or you might collect tangible objects such as butterflies, baseball cards, porcelain dolls, or sepia photographs. Whatever you collect, you collect it because it interests you. And yours is the kind of mind that finds so many things interesting. The world is exciting precisely because of its infinite variety and complexity. If you read a great deal, it is not necessarily to refine your theories but, rather, to add more information to your archives. If you like to travel, it is because each new location offers novel artifacts and facts. These can be acquired and then stored away. Why are they worth storing? At the time of storing it is often hard to say exactly when or why you might need them, but who knows when they might become useful? With all those possible uses in mind, you really don’t feel comfortable throwing anything away. So you keep acquiring and compiling and filing stuff away. It’s interesting. It keeps your mind fresh. And perhaps one day some of it will prove valuable.
My initial reaction was "yes, inquisitive. No, collect things." I hate knick knacks and clutter. I am a regular contributor to Goodwill.
However, I do have a few collections.
|I have every kitchen gadget known to man. Just ask Brett.|
|I was a lit major, okay? With studies in philosophy, French and theology tossed in for good measure.|
|And my dad makes wine. Damn good wine. This collection is his fault. He got me started.|
|You can never have too many pairs of riding breeches.|
|Seven apple trees; six varieties. And I dream of more.|
|I have no idea why I have so many saddle pads. A few belong to Brett. But 90% mine.|
|I have TWO tack bags for Jackson. Four brushes, three curries... out of control.|
|Leg wraps -- every style and color imaginable.|
|Leather cleaner. Is a different one really necessary for boots, bridles, western & dressage saddles??|
Okay. I admit that I collect stuff. But its only really important stuff. Necessary stuff. Right?