Saturday, September 15, 2007
Sunday Scribblings: Collector Personality
My initial reaction when I saw this week's prompt at Sunday Scribblings? - "Collector personality - I have that - I collect clutter and my house collects dust!".
Then I scolded myself. "Liza, you can do better than that."
So let's try again. Start over. Here it is...
"Collector Personality" - what does it really mean? I browsed through some of the postings and I found Guatami's exposition in Rooted quite excellent. I like the way she expounded this prompt.
For me, "collecting" is a good hobby. It does not matter if it's big or small, extravagant or mundane, the point is - collecting allows us to focus on an interest with passion.
I have heard all sorts of collections, but there's one that I found very interesting. When I was in the Philippines, starting my career in Human Resource Management, I was employed by one of the top banking corporation there. Because they didn't have a permanent position available, I decided to move on to another bank who offered me a permanent position with an attractive compensation package. On my last week at the former bank, our manager called me for a "farewell rah rah". He gave me some encouraging words, thanked me for the time I spent in their company, and told me he wished they can offer a permanent position to me.
Then he asked if he can make a copy of my resume for his "personal collection". "I collect resumes", he said. I thought that was weird. But then he explained that he believes in collecting resumes of people who he thinks has potentials for success. Wow - imagine how flattered I was. I thought for a moment - is this guy serious? But as I listened more to his explanations, I realized he was. And then I thought, oh, that is why he's the top manager of Human Resources on this successful bank. He does have passion for "human resources". That short meeting was more than 20 years ago, but I still clearly remember it. Now I wonder if he still has my resume. I wish our path will cross again so I can let him know that in a way I am living a successful life, and so his act of including my resume in his "resume collection" was worth it :)
I have collected stuff here and there but never really got so serious as other serious collectors do. Come to think of it now, it's not really dust and clutter that I am good at collecting right now. What I have is a precious collection of my kid's arts ... that to me is "priceless". A sample is the above picture. It is a computer generated picture of our family created by my son G when he was 8 years old.
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