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.