Thursday, November 29, 2007

Introverted Gifts

Having finished a chapter on introverted spirituality, I'm now moving on (or actually moving backwards) to a chapter on helping introverts find healing and self-acceptance. The last part of this chapter will be an enumeration of the gifts/qualities that introverts bring to their communities.

What are the gifts that you think introverts bring to others?

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Four down, six to go

After a solid month of writing and rewriting (not to mention about 8 months of research and reflection and outlining), I have finished chapter 4 of my book, entitled "Introverted Spirituality." I think I like it.

Writing a book is more challenging and humbling and personally revealing than I ever imagined.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I'm going to fill all the empty spaces that my words have left behind with turkey.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Technology and shyness

Here is a short article that discusses the research of someone from Harvard Business School, who says that all of our "gadgets" have made the world a "shyer place." What's your opinion?

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Holidays

Someone from Milwaukee stumbled onto this blog recently by googling "Holidays Introverts," which makes a lot of sense to me because the holidays are a time of large family gatherings. These can be especially taxing on introverts when we are spending time with extended family, interactions that require a good deal of small talk. As an introvert, what do you dread about the holidays? What are your secrets to successful holidays with family?

Monday, November 12, 2007

Question of the Day

Have there been any books/passages of the Bible that have been particularly challenging or comforting to you as an introvert?

I talked to a friend yesterday who said that the gospel of John had been particularly profound in her introverted Christian experience. In contrast to a gospel like Mark, which moves quickly and has a lot of action, the gospel of John moves slower and pushes deeper into concepts and ideas.

What about you?

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Labor pains

"Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing."

~Normal Mailer

Monday, November 5, 2007

Question of the day

How comfortable are you with public speaking? Are there certain settings where you feel more comfortable than others?