4/18/12 – Introverts

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“Introverts treasure the close relationships they have stretched so much to make.” 
― Adam S. McHugh

Extrovert? Me? Nooo haha Who am I kidding, yes, I would say I’m an extrovert. Or am I? For the most part, I would say I’m an extrovert, but deep inside lies a slightly introverted woman. I’m starting to realize this more and more lately. I am an extrovert who sometimes neglects her introverted side because I used to think that being extroverted defined me, but it doesn’t. I have met the most amazing introvert, with such an intricate mind, whom is teaching me more and more about myself and making me more aware of who I am and how I view not only myself but the world. Whom is teaching me that it doesn’t matter who the world thinks I am, I don’t have their expectations to meet, only my own; and only I truly know who I am and what I can expect from myself.

I read a great article today that is linked to the image at the bottom. PLEASE READ IT! It is great and there is a lot to learn from it. The stigma that has been given to the word “introvert” is not completely accurate. Us extroverts, if we can shut up for a second 😉 have a lot to learn from the quieter, more internal folks in this world.

I have many relationships in my life: family, friends, coworkers, peers, etc, and I know that each of them is treasured by both parties. That being said, the relationship I have with this person is treasured in a way that I’m not sure I’ve experienced. I know that many introverts don’t stretch themselves across many people, they have fewer relationships and put all they have into them. I can feel that! It’s beautiful! And, coming from an extrovert that spreads herself across numerous relationships, and treasures each of them more than they may ever know, it is the best feeling in the world to be treasured so much by someone who treasures so few.

Just a few more quotes I thought I’d share…and because I’ve been slacking lately:

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. – Carl Jung

The best thinking has been done in solitude.  – Thomas Alva Edison

To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves – there lies the great, singular power of self-respect. – Joan Didion

Ask Forbes, they know:  Why Introverts Can Make The Best Leaders

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