the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking
“i swore at that book and threw it against the wall”
this was ironically the book that i was reading as a functional mute. but i did go into work and dress a sweet potato in a santa costume, so all was not lost. also, i was trying to watch the artist, but had to turn it off because the soundtrack was so offensively loud. also, my computer seems to be having some blinky screen issues, and i’m listening to a lot of podcasts about blindness. a recent unfictional featured a blind person teaching other blind people to ice skate, and it was on the ice rink that i came to an epiphany that i honestly cannot remember now because of all the hullabaloo that has happened since my screen last decided to work. now, i’m distracted by ali g, but he seems to keep the screen on.
“Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.” (11)
“If you’re an introvert, find your flow by using your gifts. You have the power of persistence, the tenacity to solve complex problems, and the clear-sightedness to avoid pitfalls that trip others up. You enjoy relative freedom from the temptations of superficial prizes like money or status. Indeed, your biggest challenge may be to fully harness your strengths. You may be so busy trying to appear like a zestful, reward-sensitive extrovert that you undervalue your own talents, or feel understimated by those around you. But when you’re focused on a project that you care about, you probably feel that your energy is boundless.
So stay true to your own nature. If you like to do things in a slow and steady way, don’t let others make you feel as if you have to race. If you enjoy depth, don’t force yourself to seek breadth. If you prefer single-tasking to multitasking, stick to your guns. Being relatively unmoved by rewards gives you the incalculable power to go your own way. It’s up to you to use that independence to good effect.” (173)
this is the best case for me being an introvert that i’ve ever read.