Today’s is another song for which I don’t recall the story of why I have it. It’s the only song I have by the Great Lake Swimmers, and I bought it in the iTunes Store on April 29, 2012; just over eight years ago. Don’t know anything about the band either, though I did look them up and found they are from Wainfleet, Ontario in Canada, and now call that province’s capital Toronto home.
“Think That You Might Be Wrong” comes from New Wild Everywhere, their fifth album, released in April 2012. As I bought it in the same month, it must have been featured on the radio, like CBC Radio 2 or 3 (their internet-only station), thinking of that timeframe.
Whenever I see the title, it makes me think of my personality type under the Enneagram, and I’ll explain that type in a moment. The Enneagram is one of the many personality typing systems out there; one that Sweety and I have studied a little over the years. It is used in spirituality as a tool for building self-awareness, self-understanding, and self-development. Knowing one’s type can help one learn to overcome his or her weaknesses and celebrate strengths. Understanding another’s type can help one to diffuse points of conflict that can arise between people of different types.
There are nine types. I tend to have a lot of characteristics of type One, also known as the Perfectionist or Reformer. The One is principled and ethical, with a strong sense of right and wrong, and is fearful of making mistakes. In its extreme, the One can see things as black or white and can be rigid and judgmental. I can be critical of others but not nearly as critical as I am of myself. The title “Think You Might Be Wrong” speaks to a comment you might hear from me if I’m not reining in that tendency.
Sweety and I have worked to understand, appreciate and honour each other’s type, which has nurtured a deep and abiding strength in our relationship.
Each type has positive and negative attributes, and there isn’t a “better” type to aspire to be.
I am not an authority on the Enneagram, by any means. If you’re interested at all in learning more about the tool, see the links above. To determine your type, use this free test which has 131 items to consider. For a shorter one (50 items), go here. (Don’t click on the white box at the top of the page — it’s just an advertisement box for the free site.)
So, not so much about the song today, but rather, what it makes me think about.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the official audio for the song from the Great Lake Swimmers’ YouTube channel: