Just in case you might be a little worn out from too much holiday cheer in the form of parties, family gatherings, and pressures to be ebullient and glowing and fascinating and endlessly outgoing (New Years is still to come!), then I have a few thoughts for you. In my new essay published in the online magazine, Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism: Process Thinking for a More Hospitable World, I offer you hope. My inspiration comes from Susan Cain’s remarkable work on temperament, along with process theology and my own painful recollections of growing up shy. Remember, its never too late to be who you really are . . .
“Introversion—along with its cousins sensitivity, seriousness, and shyness—is now a second-class personality trait, somewhere between a disappointment and a pathology. Introverts living under the Extrovert Ideal are like women in a man’s world, discounted because of a trait that goes to the core of who they are.”
—Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Won’t Stop Talking
SOMETIMES I WONDER what it would be like to be an extrovert—yes, to be comfortable in crowds, to speak extemporaneously with easy charisma. To be the life of the party! To not only type an exclamation mark at the end of a sentence that you hope conveys enthusiasm and ultra-sincerity, but to live those exclamation marks! To live double exclamation marks!! (If the very sight of all these exclamation marks exhausts you—maybe even repels you—you are probably an introvert like me.) To read more click here . . . . .
Happy New Year!