It was hard but I was able to snag an incredible interview with the one and only Sean Reese. I was so thankful that Misty was able to pass on my questions to him!! And because she was so kind to do that for me I am going to giveaway Misty's Book. It will be an Amazon eBook for the Kindle. Winner can choose if they want Conerstone or Keystone. All you have to do is comment on the interview and I will choose a winner on Sept. 13th.
Without further ado: Misty introducing Sean Reese
I adore you, Mary! Thank you for inviting Sean to stop in for Q&A…it was hard to get much out of him, but then, when he talks Ianua and his family, I couldn’t get him to shut up! You asked the perfect questions! Thanks again for having us over. Sean especially loved your blog name and joked that he finally felt right at home among the bloggers!
1. What is the most important thing to you? (person, possession, etc)? Family, all the way. I’d like to say I can’t imagine what I’d do if I lost even one of them, but unfortunately, I’ve been put in the position of learning exactly what I’d do. I’m beyond honored that the Ianua accepted me in a leadership capacity, especially since I am one of the Simple.
2. When did you realize that you were an Addo? Did you (or do you now) feel any different? I never received an invitational sign to the Ianua community, so I haven’t had the opportunity to feel what it is like to be chosen in that way for the Addoship. However, nothing beats Addo Larry slapping you on the shoulder and saying, “So, what do you think? Addoship? Yes? No? Think of it this way: you don’t have to worry about screwing anything up. I’ve already covered that.”
As far as feeling any different, becoming a Mox (which is an Addo in training, for those of you who might not be familiar with the Ianua) is just like getting a top-level job in management. I’m a little overwhelmed with the opportunity, but completely grateful too. I’m putting in a lot of hours training with the Addo on how to handle a Cura, how to interpret and manage the information that comes in, and how to partner with the Veritas. Most of what I feel lately has to do with not getting enough sleep!
3. How excited are you about your Addo training? What is the one thing you are looking forward to?
Being that I’m the only Reese brother that didn’t receive the sign of the Ianua, I’m floored that I’m able to have this opportunity to help. I’ve studied everything I could get my hands on about the Ianua but now, I’m get the back stage pass to the BIG secrets. Things that only the Addo knows. I plan on using every shred of this education to help further the Ianua and keep the human race running on the right track.
4. Since we have not heard a lot about your past, what is your fondest memory with your family?
We’re a close bunch, so there are a lot of good memories. Probably one of the best was the time we all went out to play soccer together. It was my 18th birthday and I hadn’t received the sign, so we all knew I was Simple. It was especially hard to take because my brothers were all showing signs of athletic abilities that pointed to the likelihood of them becoming Contego and I felt like I was an outsider in my own family.
My dad packed us all up and took us out to the soccer field. We had a picnic and my cake and we played soccer, of course. The Contego abilities put everyone else at an advantage - always did - but that day, I was on my game. I kept scoring goals and making passes and then, I figured out what was going on. There was a minute where I was really angry with them, thinking they were letting me win, because I was the Simple outsider that needed their pity, but then I realized what they were really doing. They were letting me win because they are my family and they wanted me to know I was included. None of us mentioned that the games were obviously rigged that day, but I had this incredible epiphany concerning personal perspective and the depth of family bonds and what it means to actually be part of something bigger than myself. I’ll never forget it.
5. Be honest, is Garrett always so serious or does he relax every once in a while? You think Garrett is serious? THAT’s hysterical! I suppose no one’s told you about how he likes to sporadically hide grapes in my shoes? He’s got this thing he does- let me tell you how it all started. I was taking one of my first psych classes and there was this study on lab rats concerning inconsistent gratification. The scientists gave the rat a lever to push, and whenever he pushed it, he’d get a food pellet. The rat learned to push the lever whenever he was hungry. Then the scientists gave the rat a lever that never delivered pellets when he pushed it. The rat stopped pushing the lever altogether, even when the food became visibly available. Then the scientists gave the rat a lever that sometimes delivered food and sometimes didn’t, whenever the lever was pushed. The inconsistent reward didn’t stop the rat from pushing the lever, but instead created an obsession for the rat. Even after the food was long gone, the rat wouldn’t stop pressing the lever. He wouldn’t eat from his food dish either, he was so obsessed with pushing the lever. So, after hearing this study, Garrett decided to conduct his own experiment. He throws a couple grapes in my shoes every once in a while as an inconsistent stimulus to drive me nuts. He got me too. I started shaking out my shoes before I put them on, but then he’d stop with the grapes for a few months, until I stopped shaking them out. Then he’d start up again. That was years ago, but to this day, I usually give my shoes a little shake or tip them over. But it’s all good. I save the grapes and throw them in his pillowcase.
6. Do you think that Misty will be writing any book(s) about your adventures from your Point-Of-View? Misty? I’m kind of in love with that girl, but I don’t know that I’d want to bore her with my views. Usually, everything I talk about comes out like a text book chapter or a lab study. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to read that, but if she wanted to write some dry, scientific discussion, I’d be up for it. Maybe I can help her kick out a thesis or something like that!