I really prefer to live life holed up deep in a cave somewhere.
But.... people are always reaching in there and hauling me out. ;)
(for a view like that, it's worth coming out ;-D)
Which, actually, is a very good thing. I know that it's not good for me to live my days too detached from outside interaction. I do, in true introvert fashion, HAVE to have time alone, time of silence, time to let my brain drain of all the clutter and noise that has built up. But I have to find a balance. Too much alone time starts having a negative effect on me. I become selfish and self-absorbed.
There has been quite a bit of reaching in and hauling me out lately. I was asked to come back on the Praise Team at church. I was placed in charge of the Couples ministry, which involves planning activities for our married couples at church every few months. My mom and aunt want me to take over making my Granny's dressing for Thanksgiving and Christmas. That makes me nervous, but I'm happy to do it in honor of Granny's memory. Nobody made dressing like her, and I'm determined to get it right.
I'm teaching a class at our homeschool co-op this year. Then, I was asked to be the field trip coordinator for the year. They said they were looking for someone organized and reliable and thought of me. :) Since I've only been a part of that particular co-op for one semester, I took that as a compliment. Apparently I exude reliability. Lol.
All of these things are going to cause me to stretch and grow. I know I have talents and gifts that need to be used, but as an introvert, I sometimes struggle with *wanting* to use my talents. I would often rather bury them like the unfaithful servant of which the Bible speaks.
I firmly and completely support the introverts need for quiet time, alone time, time to recharge (which is not going to happen surrounded by people!). I *insist* that I get plenty of that time, because I know that if I don't have it, I'm going to hit a wall and have a melt-down. I'll be of no use to anyone. But I also know that we introverts need to push ourselves sometimes. We have many gifts that can benefit the people in our lives. We need to use them.
Do you have an introvert in your life? Respect their need for time alone, because it's a very, very real need.
Are you an introvert? Give yourself plenty of time to recharge your brain through quiet time. But don't get stuck there. Force yourself to also take time to get out and be a part of that great big, wonderful world out there! :) Share your many gifts with the world. It will make the world that much better. :)