“After they live there a while, looking at the ocean every day will get old.”
“But, remember, you’re not very nature smart.”

I’m in Phoenix with my assistant, Linda, working hard and having fabulous experiences at two different churches. When not at the events, we relaxed for a while by watching one of the popular television shows about people trying to buy the perfect house.

One family planned to move to Hawaii and were thinking of spending much more money for a house with a small view of the ocean than a different house that seemed to be better designed for them. Because I tend to be practical and realistic, I had two immediate thoughts.

First, I didn’t think they needed to see the ocean every day for what it was going to cost them. And, from most of their house they couldn’t see it. Plus, the ocean doesn’t change dramatically from day to day.

Second, they’d see the ocean frequently when they actually went to the beach, to restaurants near the ocean, etc. So, did they need to spend a lot of money to see it from part of their home?

After I verbalized some of this, Linda responded, “But, remember, you’re not very nature smart.”

She was right. Our smarts affect us in so many ways! I do like the ocean – the sounds, smells, and sights. But, I don’t need to stare it forever and ever. And, I would never spend as much as these people were thinking of spending.

But, some people would. That’s absolutely their right.

I’m going to pay more attention to when my smart strengths cause me to judge. As I say to people all the time … different isn’t wrong, it’s different.