Monday, July 25, 2011

A Designated Extroverted Driver (DED)

I just returned from an incredible weekend at Laity Lodge in the Texas hill country. After speaking 4 times in 4 days, and interacting with (wonderful) people throughout the weekend, you can imagine I'm pretty exhausted. Thanks for those of you who prayed for me. God was definitely present. I'll have some thoughts to share in the near future about the topics I addressed - rhythms and a rule of life - but for the next few days I'm going to get some rest.

If you have never been to Laity Lodge, it is easily the most impressive retreat center I have ever been to. The setting, the staff, the food, the people, the vision of marrying spirituality with arts and music, all of it. Incredible. And it's highly subsidized too, so the cost is extremely low for what you get.

For today, I want to throw out this idea: Introverts having an "Designated Extroverted  Driver" (DED) to take us home after taxing social events. After we have drunk heavily from the keg of dopamine, the last thing we want to do is drive ourselves home. We would like to plant our head firmly on the head-rest of the passenger seat and sober ourselves up with sleep or internal processing.

What would be the qualifications and requirements for a DED?