My son-in-law, Bob, challenged me to compare temperament colors to cartoon characters in Winnie the Pooh collection of children’s stories.
How perfect for this post on the BLUE temperament. Pooh Bear is a perfect BLUE!
“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together…there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think but the most important thing is, even if we’re apart…I’ll always be with you.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
The deepest of all the temperaments is the BLUE. No, this is not my conclusion. It is the joint conclusion of every authority on temperaments dating back decades upon decades. BLUES are the thinkers, planners and deepest feelers of the world.
I remember conversations with my BLUE son, as far back as first grade. I would innocently ask what story they read at school, beginning an hour long dissertation. Every detail, and every thought he had along the way, was recounted as he re-told the story from the school day. He took everything very seriously, as a young child; and, things have not changed much today. From there, to a missionary in Lima Peru, to a ministry with Hispanic children in San Juan Capistrano, John is deeply concerned about the needs of kids.
BLUE kids are such sincere, and sometimes quite serious, children. They seem years older than perhaps a YELLOW child of the same age. They laugh, but not quickly. They joke, but only after thinking it through so as not to hurt anyone unnecessarily. They take friendship seriously, unlike many young children who may have a new friend every week. The BLUE children are loyal and protective. They think before they act and have a depth beyond their years.
As adults, you will find no greater friends than BLUES. They are the most loyal of all friends. Many BLUES are artists, writers and teachers (among other things). They study easily. They are the learners and care about education. Because they understand it is the correct thing to do, BLUES see the world in black and white–right or wrong, true or false. There is no middle ground here. They tend to be more serious than fun.
Have you ever played the board game Monopoly with a BLUE? Whew, my BLUE husband almost takes the fun out of playing what I used to consider a game! There is no peeking under the cards, no sneaking money from the bank, and, HELLO! Don’t mess with his hotels!
BLUES struggle with negativity. They are harder on themselves than others ever will be. They fear having to do something poorly or only halfway. They fear making mistakes.
Their specialties’ are organization, solving problems and honesty. They are perfectionists. They follow rules! They are motivated by belonging and serving. They need to be needed.
They are more comfortable as givers than receivers. They make decisions with their heads.
BLUES are very traditional. Traditions become rules. Don’t throw out the special holiday ornaments for new ones, and please put the tree in the same location every Christmas.
My BLUE sister says there is an element of exhaustion that comes from being a BLUE. It is never being able to shut her mind down from thinking. Hmmm, I have not experienced that problem!
Pooh’s sidekicks are YELLOW Tigger, RED Owl, and GREEN Eeyore. Who are the characters in your life?