I need quiet. I crave quiet. I simply cannot survive without quiet.
I am an introvert. I used to hide the fact that I needed time alone to recharge. I used to think it made me less-than or weak somehow to need to pull away from people, especially people I loved deeply, to restore my energy. I have come a long way in accepting who I am and have fully embraced my introversion. There is no longer a feeling of shame in my need for the solitary recharging of my battery. And I am very proud to count myself among the introvert population.
After a busy, social and demanding weekend of doctor’s visits, hockey and a sick child, I am tired and I need quiet. I cannot always find it in the boisterous and largely extroverted family in which I find myself. But on days when I feel run down and tired, I have no choice but to seek it out and lean into the gentle stillness and the quiet as much as I can. And with a day of no client meetings, workshops, phone calls or coaching, I have curled myself up on the couch to tend to the quieter aspects of my business. And the fact that I can do it with a flickering beeswax candle, a hot water bottle and a cup of tea makes it just that much more restorative.
I don’t seem to have much to give to my writing today. I do, however, feel a deep longing to reach out to all my fellow introverts. And if you have not already come across it, to recommend Susan Cain’s book; ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking’ and her Ted Talk; The Power of Introverts.
In closing, I wish you all the peace, quiet and stillness that your gentle soul is seeking on this final Monday in November.
‘Solitude matters. And for some people it is the air that they breathe.’ – Susan Cain