Qualities that can't be measured

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I'm a sucker for quotes. I must admit, however, that I'm kind of elitist when it comes to inspirational quotes.* "Live. Laugh. Love." feels so cliché at this point and I'm not sure why but "Dance like no one's watching" kind of makes me want to throw up. Sorry if those quotes keep your spirit alive, they just do nothing for mine. (Seems like the ideal moment to use a variation of Joanna's lovely mantra - "Good for you! Not for me.")

*I'm not at all a beer/wine/food snob though, so there's that.

Platitudes aside, my boyfriend texted me this quote the other day and it really resonated with me:
I've written about it before, but I fear we live in a society obsessed with metrics. I have a little sister who's job searching and I'm cleaning up my resumé a bit too, and I'm struck by all the things that can't be listed effectively. Thus, the below list was born! (Note that I do not think I personally encapsulate all of the qualities below (I've complained a time or two ;) I just think if you're trying to depict a person  with a bulleted list on a piece of paper then immeasurable qualities are bound to be lost in translation.) 

Positive Qualities that Can't Be Measured, and are 
Nearly Impossible to Include in a Resumé:

A sense of humor



An adept listener


Ability to empathize with others 

Intrinsic motivation

Someone who never complains*

Ability to see the forest through the trees



A healthy (non-addictive) relationship with phones/electronics

Both honesty + tactfulness




Attention to detail

Compatibility with others

*I've known a few people in who never complain, 
and I'm blown away by how refreshing this trait is.

Don't you think humans are so much more than GPA's and years of work experience? I only wish we weren't forced to distill our lives down to a single sheet of paper. The next time you're getting down about your life's "metrics" focus on this list. Few of us encompass all of the above characteristics, but all of us encompass some of them! :) Any other qualities you would add to the list?

1 comment:

  1. Does sarcasm count?

    I'm always reminded of Music and Life by Alan Watts- I'm sure you've seen it. So good.

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