#atozchallenge: quiet time is not just for introverts

If introversion is on the left and extroversion on the right, I’d fall pretty far to the right.  I get my energy from being around others and engaging in rich conversation.  I don’t like to be alone for long periods.  Speaking to a large group is exciting to me.  Despite all of this, I do still value quiet time.  I enjoy curling up with a cup of tea and good book, or with a notepad and pen to dream up my next big idea.

Sometimes, being quiet at work is also necessary.  My office is in a high traffic area, and I get a lot of drop-in questions (I should devote a post to some of my favourite random questions one of these days).  I try to leave my door open as much as possible, to be available and visible to students.  However, sometimes I need to close my door and power through.

In staff meetings, sometimes I will take a back seat and just listen to the conversation.  This helps me to hear what everyone else is saying and allows me to consider other points of view.  This is tough for an extrovert.  To me, there’s nothing better than building off of others ideas and getting excited about a project together.  Reminding myself to sit back and take it all in is important – although not easy.

So while my go-to nature is not quiet introspection, I do still value quiet time.

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear. ”
– Baba Ram Das

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How do you enjoy your quiet time? 


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#reverbbroads11: looking back to go forward

Today’s #ReverbBroads11 prompt (courtesy of Dana) is: What is the best and/or worst thing about your life right now? 

I’m trying to focus more on the positive things in life, although it isn’t always easy.  I recently finished reading The Book of (Even More) Awesome by Neil Pasricha and so many of the entries made me smile.  If you’re not familiar with the book, it’s a collection of simple, everyday things that are just awesome.  So often we take these things for granted, but seeing them spelled out in print somehow make you stop and reflect.  I would read a few entries before bed each night, and I found that it was a great way to unwind and detach from the stresses of the day.  I also slept better!

So, along those lines, the best and worst thing about my life right now are actually tied together.  On her blog, Bertice Berry says: “I may not be where I want to be, but thank God I’m not where I used to be.”    I think this is my new mantra.  Professionally, I still have so many goals to accomplish and ceilings to break through, and playing the waiting game (for the right opportunity at the right time) can be agonizing.  I struggle with comparing myself to others and wondering how it’s “happened for them” but it hasn’t happened for me just yet.  I know this is detrimental, so I’m working on it.  For the sake of this prompt, we’ll call this the “worst” thing (although writing that makes me feel a bit petty, as things could be so much worse).  Now for the best thing.  I’m not where I was two years ago.  Simply put, I was miserable.  Nothing was going right, professionally or personally.  However, through that challenging time, I realised what mattered most and started to look at things in a different way.  Because of that there are things I will never do again, lessons I learned that I will carry with me forever, and experiences I weathered that strengthened my determination.  This impacts all areas of my life, and so for that reason, not being where I used to be is the best part about my life right now.

I know the right opportunity is there and sometime soon, the stars will align and my hard work will pay off.  Until then, I need to keep working on me, learning new things and making the most of each experience.  Yes, sometimes I’ll get frustrated and feel like packing it all in.  That’s when I’ll need to rely on my mantra the most.