Saturday Stuff: Revolution, Writing and Rice Pudding

tiredKittenHappy Saturday to everyone.  It’s been another great week.  In my part of the world, Spring has definitely sprung and the flowers and trees look magnificent in their new blooms.

Spring is also the time for change, and I’m going to make one.  The myth series will wrap up tomorrow, with the last two myths in one post.  I’m tired of talking about the negative things people think about introverts.  I want to focus on the positives, the things that make us special.  So the focus will be shifting a little, but don’t worry, I’ll still make quiet fun of us and the world we live in.

Susan Cain is formally announcing her Quiet Revolution.   She gave another TED talk in which she outlined three goals:  transforming office architecture, helping companies train the next generation of quiet leaders and empowering quiet children.  I intend to follow this revolution with great interest and participate as I can.  If you still haven’t seen her original TED talk, you can watch it here.

Here’s how she opened her latest talk:

I want you to break into groups of four and have each of you tell a childhood story that reveals whether you’re an introvert or extrovert. Then I’ll ask each group to select the most personal, poignant and private of these stories to share with the audience. And from this collaborative group process, a larger truth will emerge.

Did that get your heart pounding and your palms sweating?  She then said,

Just kidding! Really! Just kidding. We’re not going to do that! But how many of you were feeling like, How can I get out of here right now without insulting the speaker? That’s how so many introverts feel about the “team-building” exercises we’re forever obliged to participate in.

Team building.  Ice breakers.  The stuff of nightmares for an introvert.  BUT…. if we are ever going to be understood we have to make our voices a little louder.  OK, maybe not a little louder, but at least a little more audible.  So many of you have been finding that you have a lot to share with introverts all over the world.  My challenge to you is to write a post in which you share something from your introvert world.  It doesn’t have to be Cain’s “most personal, poignant and private”.  Not at all.  It can be entirely mundane and even silly.  Poke fun at yourself.  Poke fun at the world.  Be serious.  Be heart-warming.  But let us share with you a slice of your world.  If you want an example, Club Introvert member Cornish Soul gives us one with An Introvert’s Journey 

As you write about your experience, let me know so I can feature it.  I would love to share our stories with all of us.  You can leave a comment here, or use my Contact page to send me an email.  If you would just like to tell your story, but don’t want it published, send it to my Contact page and just share it with me.  I promise I won’t publish it without your consent.

I’m going to be coming up with writing prompts for introverts, just to give you a little more encouragement to share with all of us.  That will be a new weekly feature starting on Monday.  I don’t want to leave out the photographers, artists and poets.  You’re free to contribute to the conversation in any method you would like.

So that’s about it for Saturday.  I have to head out to the market, then do some cooking.  We haven’t had a decent meal this week because my day job has kept me hopping (translation:  I’ve played the extrovert too much and need a battery recharge).  My poor food blog has been neglected except for the Exotic Rice Pudding recipe that you really should try.  Rice pudding doesn’t have to be something that Grandma used to make.

Have a quietly recharging weekend.  Virtual hugs to everyone!

P.S.  The kitten at the top of the page has nothing to do with anything.  I just liked her.

Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  Look for my ongoing series debunking the introvert myths (Sunday) and introvert cartoons (Wednesday), plus anything else interesting that I find in the meantime.  Come and share with like-minded introverts.  I also contribute to the new food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul.

20 thoughts on “Saturday Stuff: Revolution, Writing and Rice Pudding

  1. What d’ya mean? That kitten is in the perfect pose as quiet “down-timing” you after your “extrovert” week ! All your plans & ideas going forward sound compelling and helpful. Hub loves rice pudding; am sending him to you for a batch; hope you don’t mind; he’s very quiet!

    • Really? I didn’t know how people would feel about that. If nothing else, you and I will be posting. 😀

      I enjoyed Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way”, too, but I had the most fun rewriting the affirmations to make them more “me”.

      • There you go, I’ve finally written one on introverts, so liberating! 😀 I’ve also amalgamated my blogs, I don’t know how you got directed to the Artist’s Way that I was trying out in another blog, I intend to go on with it though.

  2. When I read your post, several memories crossed my mind, the two most prominent being about dancing. I couldn’t have been more than three or four years old when I was encouraged to shake a tail feather on the dance floor at my cousin’s wedding. Not only did I refuse, I hid behind tall legs in the way that kids think that if they close their eyes, they can’t bee seen. Fast forward to my early 20s, I was at an event where a dance troop had been hired to get guests up on the dance floor. I hoped that avoiding eye contact with the dancers would eliminate me as a target but it didn’t work. A bubbly dancer danced her way over and grabbed my arm to pull me on to center stage. As I refused, we got in to a bit of a tug-of-war with my arm that became down right embarrassing.

    What are the positives about being an introvert? We get to sit back and take notes, really good notes. We’re good at watching, waiting, and formulating plans for things that might need plans based on our observations. You were too busy shimming about on the dance floor to notice what else was going on? Ask an introvert! I bet she took good notes.

    I take no issue with gratuitous pictures of adorable animals on posts that have nothing to do with adorable animals. Quite the contrary.

  3. I’m glad you’re moving in a more positive direction… I was getting a little depressed at being an introvert ;). As for a post… I actually have an idea. Can you feel like you’ve been over extroverted (for lack of a better word) by just blogging and keeping up with the community? It almost seems like it’s happening to me at the moment.

    • Thank you for saying that. To be honest, I’ve been feeling the same way lately. Isn’t it amazing, and a little amusing, that we can get that way just by interacting with a simple blog? It takes a lot of energy to think about what we are like and how our lives feel to us, doesn’t it? Information overload hurts. I have some new introvert books and haven’t even cracked the covers yet, which is unusual for me. I’ve been sticky with my simple little cozy mysteries. There are some days when just putting out a single post feels like too much people time.

      I’ll see if I can’t find a little more fun for us this coming week, I promise.

      • I think much of it also comes from interacting with the blogging community. I feel like I really ought to be commenting and liking and supporting my blogging friends’ blogs, but I just keep putting it off! (oh and I’m only reading my cozy mysteries as well… all my non-fiction is information overload indeed.)
        Luckily my photo posts are short and sweet!
        Thanks for understanding.

          • At the moment I’m rereading Lorena McCourtney’s Ivy Malone mysteries. I just finished Abigail Keam’s Joshiah Reynolds. I’m saving Louise Penny’s newest … (although I wouldn’t put her in the cozy category).

            • Excellent! Something new to try. McCourtney certainly has garnered the awards, and all the better, she’s an Oregonian like me. Keam’s first book in the series is free on Amazon right now. Such a deal! I’m glad I asked what you were reading. Thanks.

              • How funny! I actually got almost all of Keam’s free over the past year or so. You are welcome! BTW, if you haven’t read Louise Penny it’s a MUST! I think she is one of the best writers I have ever read. Unfortunately, I only got her first one free… 😉

      • I’ve been feeling like that this week as well…. thought it was just me and hadn’t connected it to introvertedness……. It’s very reassuring to hear that I’m normal…. 🙂

  4. http://wp.me/p3ZISx-1mW
    But apart from such obsessive compulsive tetchiness, Chris … I know I don’t keep up with this – but in my own defence I don’t keep up with much at all. I was just exchanging views on how to do that with all the blogs one wants to, about half an hour ago; and neither of us came up with a solution. 😦
    I feel sure you will bear with me and not send me a savage rap over the knuckles, eh ? [grin]

  5. Ok, so it’s nice to know I’m not the only introverted writer that finds “networking” online with other bloggers and the community exhausting. We are all in the same little cozy boat. It’s quiet and we are all reading our favorite library books. Sounds nice doesn’t it?!

  6. I love your new ideas, and am interested in your upcoming prompts. Have to check out that rice pudding, too, it’s like a national fav in Egypt, called “Roz b’Laban” or “Rice with Milk” – very famous here! I love the kitty photo, too , lol, photos are so nice and quiet! ;^)

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