Woo

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
– Saint Teresa of Calcutta
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The Solemnity of All Saints celebrates all those who have entered heaven, including saints who are recognized by the Church and those who are not. Saints are people who are recognized for the work that God has already done. In other words, each of us is called and can be a Saint here on earth. Canonized Saints lived their lives for the glory of God, the salvation of souls, recognized the great importance of Mary through devotion, and devoted themselves to prayer, the Eucharist, their church, and the poor. They used their God given talents and strengths for the benefit of others.

St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) devoted her life to caring for the sick and poor. She helped to establish hospices for the blind, aged, and disabled. Although she went quietly and humbly about her business of looking after the most disenfranchised, she, like those with Woo who are beacons of hospitality, was a beacon of light.

Winning Others Over, Woo, is a strength within the influencing theme. Those with Woo need to talk and are often the life of the party. They are not easily intimidated by others or by new social circumstances. They like people and they want people to like them. If Woo is one of your strengths, you are likely to be among the first to initiate conversation or participate in an icebreaker activity. You likely interact with more students and colleagues on a daily basis than most others. You are charismatic, charming, and likeable! Your social intelligence provides you with tremendous collateral since you can be counted on to remember the names of almost everyone you meet – you probably know the names of all your students within the first few minutes of your first class. Because of your easy ability to connect with others, students will often gravitate toward you and want to share their confidences with you. This makes you a great asset when planning for school events or dealing with difficult students, staff, stakeholders, or situations since you are likely a bearer of goodwill.

If you have Woo, or if you work with someone with Woo, you will need to help them identify when their words or actions do not convey sincerity and seem fake or shallow. In the classroom the students with Woo should be encouraged to reach out to new students and teachers should plan for frequent interactive learning strategies. Students with Woo will also benefit from learning strategies that help them to focus and attend to their school work since they will be more likely to be chatting and entertaining other during independent or group work time.

You can watch this video by Carol Anne McGuire of Rock Your Strengths to see how the Story of Jonah represents Woo.