January 18, 2012

“In A Gentle Way, You Can Shake the World”

The power of going Quiet in a world that often idolizes ascending noise and confusion is something I’ve come to yearn more and more lately. Today the internet, including this ‘ol blog, decided to help support America’s right to End Piracy, Not Liberty, and without hesitation I knew this was a cause I could identify with and support.

Often those who turn inwards to reflect during moments of confusion or forms of injustice are called contemplative theorists, over-thinkers, or the worst-case scenario …introverts.

*Pause* Okay, be honest. What are the first words to come to mind when you see that word? Does everything that pop up veer more towards the negative spectrum? Bad memories mixed with embarrassment, taunting or false ideas of what it means to be a ‘well rounded individual.’

“Experience has taught me that silence is part of the spiritual discipline of a votary truth.” – Ghandi.

According to societal standards, I am an introvert. Contemplative, often shy, slightly timid, hates small talk, prefers the comfort of a good book to a loud partay….etc.

Yep. But here’s my spectrum…going Quiet was where over ten years ago I found sense enough to cut my relaxed hair, inch by inch and begin a journey that would lead me to unending moments of smiles, laughter and meet some of the most inspirational beings on the internet.

Deciding to avoid the noise of those around me, including loved ones and friends, and listen to the voice within enabled me to make the most uncharacteristic of decisions. This was good. I was building on good character by understanding the value of what I already have. I finally understood where to begin & where I wanted to take what I’d learned. The lessons that grew from the Quiet helped me to understand the art of creating a more meaningful journey, whether it be hair related or a spiritual quest, both of which are integral to my life today.

I can’t explain why, or perhaps not in this space today…but the answers most of us seek often become remarkably clear in the stillness of our thoughts. This is not theory, it is fact.

Listening to the noise and endless chatter in the world can provide significant meaning and direction to the majority of us seeking answers, though it’s still up to us, amidst the quiet and stillness to carve out a purpose.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Author Susan Cain explores how introverts can be powerful in a world where being an extrovert is highly valued. Join From Left to Write on January 19 as we discuss Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain. We’ll also be chatting live with Susan Cain at 9PM Eastern on January 26. As a member of From Left to Write, I received a copy of the book. All opinions are my own.

9 Responses to ““In A Gentle Way, You Can Shake the World””

  1. ichoosethesun

    Great post! I am by all accounts an extrovert however in my more recent adult years I have grown to truly appreciate my introverted side. As you so eloquently state in your post, the fruit born of introspection is often quite bountiful.
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    • Chai

      isn’t that funny….! I’m finding the older I get, I’m getting a tad more extroverted, YET there’s a large part of me that relishes all the lessons I learned as an ‘introverted’ person. Can’t leave that behind, so I’m trying to find a balance…so far so good;)

  2. Janin

    Three years ago, I listened to my quiet and knew in that moment that I was ready to go back to college and finish my degree. I absolutely adore the insightful way that you write. Thank you for sharing this post!

    • Chai

      so happy for you, Janin! It really is just as important to listen to our inner voice along with the advice of others…maybe even more so;)


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