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Contrary to popular belief, I’m definitely an introvert. While my people skills seem to be getting better with age and practice, my default mode involves a lot of alone time – quiet time. When given the choice to stay at home or go socialize, I would love to pick the first option but generally choose the latter because I know it’s good for me. After all, how am I supposed to follow in my Rabbi Jesus’ footsteps and interact with my community when I’m at home alone all the time? Jesus definitely took time for quiet, but a large part of His life was spent interacting with other people. Therefore I gather that people skills are good things to develop, whether I’m an introvert or extrovert.
I definitely believe that some people are more reserved than others by nature, and that’s not a bad thing. However, I also believe that a lot of introverts (myself included) need to reach outside their boxes more, and a lot of extroverts need to learn to better appreciate quiet alone time. Yes, I believe that it is possible to change one’s personality, and I believe that in order to be more Christlike, most of us need to work on changing a few things!
So yes, I’m trying to work on my people skills, but for a bit of humor (and for the information of all you extroverts in the world) I thought I’d give a list of things that might be true to you if you’re an introvert.
You May Be an Introvert If…
Un. You hate answering the phone.
Deux. You love talkative people.
Trois. An afternoon shopping sounds like a lot of work…and you’re not even taking kids with you!
Quatre. You’re a great people-watcher (in a totally non-creepy way, of course).
Cinc. You are perfectly content to stay at home instead of hanging out with friends every Friday night.
Six. You have to force yourself to talk to someone you don’t know well…
Sept. …but you do it anyway because you know how awkward it feels when you go somewhere where you don’t know anyone and no one makes an effort to talk to you.
Huit. Silence is truly golden.
Neuf. Large gatherings are exhausting.
Dix. You are surprised to find that when you make conversation with someone, instead of being awkward, it usually ends up being more fun and beneficial than you expected.
Do you have any others to add to my list?