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Introvert’s Confusion

Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

VsI love my family.
I love my friends.

I love spending time with them, most of the time.

Being an introvert with “a big heart” fills me with tension. 1

I Love People BUT…

I like working on projects alone.
I feel guilty when I would prefer not going to brainstorming meetings.

I like working “alone” in coffee shops…
… surrounded by people I don’t talk to.

I would rather tweet than chat.
I would rather text than talk on the phone.

On the other hand, Susan Cain in her book Quiet helps remind people like me that we can thrive on our own terms, in our own way, in an extrovert-affirming world.

I’m Not Alone

“At least one-third of the people we know are introverts.

They are the ones who prefer
– listening to speaking,
– reading to partying;
– who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion;
– who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams.

I might confuse myself with the tension I feel between loving others and wanting to work alone, but I want to fight to see myself as uniquely created by God, just like you!

Confusing Complexity

God understands us; as Creator God gets us better than we do. Awareness of God’s compassionate patience prompted a songwriter to sing: “I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe.

Spend any time researching your complexity, and you’ll be in awe of you.

You have approached even the smallest details with excellence; Your works are wonderful; I carry this knowledge deep within my soul.” 2

We are each unique and wonderfully complex.

Graciously, reader Julia commented yesterday, “I love how you process, Scott. You balance your introversion and your outward tendencies. And, you’re complex, not confusing. :)

We might feel like we’re a quagmire of confusing priorities, but we can find comfort in the fact that our Creator is not confused by our complexity.

That truth helps me feel less alone. I hope it helps you feel less alone too.

1 – A label bestowed upon me by others; I’m grateful they believe it’s genuine.
2 – Psalm 139:14, The Voice

Bring on the comments

  1. Great post dear. So should I feel guilty for guilting you into helping with the mayors prayer breakfast? Lol love you and I am glad you are part of our family too, cause without you there wouldnt be one:) nudge nudge say no more

  2. No guilting was felt.
    And yes…nudge-nudge!

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