Good morning, I have kept busy with reading, walking, going to some movies, and music.
More thoughts on self discovery: I am reading a book called Quiet The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. This is a book which considers the role of introverted persons in various roles in our lives. This has struck a chord in me because I have always been an introvert and admittedly a somewhat extreme one, and especially when I was younger, a shy introvert.
Since we live in a society which supports and celebrates a lot of socialization and busyness, introverts can have a hard time fitting in. I have recently accepted the comfort of my own personality, and I have enjoyed it. Those of you who are readers and writers may also have experienced this same struggle: Am I OK? Why can’t I just read a book this afternoon? Why does everyone go to parties? and I don’t really want to. I think amusement parks are tedious and noisy. I was a mystery to my parents, who liked my good marks in school, but also wanted me to be more social and especially, to have more boy friends.
So it is a good feeling to read a book which 1: validates the experience of not fitting in, and second: celebrates the real contributions and strengths of introverts.
Today I have been reading the section where Susan discusses the difficulty that introverts have in very social religious practices, such as the very successful evangelical church, the Saddleback Church. She discusses the work of a man named Adam McHugh, an evangelical minister, who struggles with the sense of being “not right” and wonders if God is pleased with him as he is. He is now accepting himself as a religious introvert, and is speaking up about the need for more solitude and contemplation in religious practice. His book is called Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture. I haven’t read the book, if you have read it or if you do read it, I would love to receive a comment on it.
I don’t want you to think that I only read serious books. I have almost finished Agatha Christie‘s book “The Secret of Chimneys.” Lots of fun. I am trying to read Christie in order, alternating her books with other fiction.
(OK, I admit it I am a little obsessive, as well.)
I also have gone to some good movies, not usually the blockbuster types. I recommend Moonrise Kingdom which has had excellent reviews but is not widely released, and Woody Allen‘s latest movie: To Rome With Love.
This was not well reviewed, and not well liked, but was a really funny spoof of a lot of social relationships like success, hollywood relationships, and even opera. Have fun with these.